Okanagans Most Unwanted Wanted
yellow flag iris
The yellow flag iris lives by the water in moist arias like on banks of the streams. It is a really dense plant. It spreads really fast that makes it really dense. They also steel the energy from other native plants, they do this by strangling the other plants. they first came into the Okanagan in the 1940s from Europe, west Asia and north west Africa they grow through out the Canadian provinces. the scientific name is Iris Pseudacorus. what it looks like it is 4-6 ft in height and the spread of it is 36-48 in inches. It has a long blooming season and the flower is yellow.
The Praying Mantis
The praying mantis lives thought out the Okanagan valley. the most resent sighting was in 2014. they are so common people have stopped posting sightings. there is no sign of of the praying mantis hurting the local B.C mantis the ground mantis. they produce by laying eggs. they lay 100-200 eggs in one sac. they were introduced to the Okanagan in the 1930's but came to Canada in 1899. They were introduced by the federal entomologists in the Okanagan and the shuswap areas to gain control of the grass hopper population. the scientific name for the praying mantis is Mantodea Religiosa. they are long slender neck like thorax, spiny, grasping front legs, adults are 47-56 mm long. they are green and some times brown if they are old. Both genders have wings, and they camouflage with leaves and grass.