Philly Woman Creates Spotted Lanternfly Earrings
After this hot, hot summer, there is no one who is unfamiliar with the spotted lanternfly infestation we have been experiencing. Officials everywhere have been encouraging us to squash and otherwise destroy the flies when seen, and smush we have. Except one Philadelphia artist has decided these unwelcome guests are too beautiful to go to waste.
Candice Jeffries, and Temple University graduate, has taken to collecting the dead bugs, clipping their wings, and turning them into jewelry!
Jeffries told Phillymag.com “It freaks me out how murder-happy we are with them. I get why we have to kill them, but you can still have reverence for the fact that they are beautiful creatures.” Giving new meaning to trash to treasure, the earrings are on sale on Etsy for a modest price of $28!
The Earrings and other work of Jeffries will be available this weekend at the West Craft Fest in West Philadelphia. Fittingly, this craft fair takes place in a cemetery. Happy bug hunting!