The Okanagan most un-wanted

The european paper wasp and The eurasian water milfiol

European paper wasp/ Polistes dominula

The paper wasp first came to north america and spread around the contenent In 1978 near boston massachusetts and then after spread to vancouver B.C and spread all around British Colombia. The europian wasp is very small. It is black with yellow strips and bands and spots on there bodies. very long legs that dangle down when flying, small waist and big upper bodies and big butts. their nests are shaped like upside down umbrellas the cells open downwards shell, nests are usually built in a well protected location, individual cavities, and like to be in warmth facing south.

-Europian paper wasps do not produce nuisance problems around outdoor dinning however they can sting

-europian paper wasps have become one of the most important natural controls of many kinds of yard and garden insects

-Europian paper wasps is a social insect that produces an annual colony in a paper nest individual colonies are established a new each spring. Like the yellowjackets they build their nests in lots of habitats like urban areas, they are very frequently seen on black patios and in gardens. The european paper wasp eats the nectar and other sugary liquids, making it hard for the flowers and fruits to grow. The paper wasp is attracted to orchards and vineyards, they hurt the fruits by eating the skins off and eating them.

the paper wasps also releases bacteria like yeast and fungi that harm the workers and pickers at harvest. the paper wasps tendency to build nests in caves puts birds and other spieces that nest in holes and bird boxes at risk.

Eurasian Watermilfoil

Eurasian Watermilfoil

Eurasian watermilfoil came to the okanagan lake in 1970 but they first started recording it i the early 1800. It moves from lake to lake from boats, water sky"s, and other water gear. It is now in about 80 different lakes and ponds around Canada. It use to be for aquariums but someone dumped the contents into the wild. Its very smooth and up to 3 meeter's long. It's red and brown and whit and pink all mixed together. Stems branch several times near the water surface. Olive green, feather like leaves, about 4 cm long. orange and red flowers spikes often grows above the waters surface they have a small flowers with one tiny leaf beneath the flower. the flowers are from july to august. Its in all the lakes of the okanagan. there have been recent sightings all over B.C. It interfears with water play and sports. When it dies off it absorbs all the oxygen in the water and kills a lot of the animals living by it. They create a monoculter witch means it crowds out all other living species living by it. The department of nature (DNR) has started a club of stoping the growth of water milfoil. this group monitors the growth of eurasian water milfoil. they reduce the growth of milfoil in coordination with appropriot local unites of government.