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Most of these photos we took of bugs; beetle, spider, spittle bug, bee, etc. were

photographed on the Westside of Okanagan Lake BC.

The photos we took are for sale!  We did not photograph the mosquito, the Black Widow spider or the Hobo spider, but the other photos on this page are photos we took and are for sale.

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Why there are so many little black bugs buzzing around the Interior this year - by Charlotte Helston - September 06, 2017

The Thompson-Okanagan is overrun with aphids this September.

You can’t walk very far these days without getting a small, winged insect stuck in your hair or in your eye ball. And forget about wearing yellow, or you’ll look like bug-man.

So, what are these little insects and why are there so many of them this summer?

Fed Steele, president of the B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association, says they are a type of aphid.

“They refuse to die this year,” he says. “I expected them to disappear a month ago.”

As is the case with many insects, Steele suspects the long stretch of hot, dry weather led to an extra hatch this year.

“All these things are brought on by heat. They lay their eggs and have an extra incubation period. It’s due to this long, relentless heat, without any cooling off,” Steele says.

Steele says the aphids are more of a nuisance right now than a problem for this year's crops — although they could affect the buds for next year.

Dr. Robert G. Foottit, an Ottawa-based researcher, says the aphid is likely Nasonovia ribis-nigri, common name, the Currant-lettuce aphid, which overwinters on currant then migrates to a range of summer hosts including Petunia, Nicotiana and species of Lactuca or lettuce.

"Aphid populations can build up in numbers as the summer goes on, particularly if there is warm weather. When the aphid colonies become crowded the aphids will produce winged forms that can colonize new host plants. Later in the season, they will produce winged forms that go back to the winter host and produce an overwintering egg stage. In general, under ideal conditions, it is not uncommon for aphids to produce noticeable “clouds” of winged forms," Foottit says.


Blue Divider Line

Ha Ha we thought this mosquito (photo below) looked like it was wearing designer sunglasses LOL.

West Nile virus warning issued in Fraser Valley, Okanagan
Increasing mosquito populations in both areas
By Yuliya Talmazan, Global News July 28, 2011

This 2005 photograph by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a western encephalitis mosquito (culex tarsalis). The mosquito is the main source of West Nile virus in the western United States. B.C. Centre for Disease Control issued a West Nile Virus Warning Thursday.

Is that mosquito wearing sunglassess LOL?

Photograph by: James Gathany, CDC via Cronkite News Service

METRO VANCOUVER – Cold summer may have helped to keep their numbers in check, but warmer temperatures we’ve been seeing in late July are spelling perfect conditions for a mosquito infestation.

The BC Centre for Disease Control is warning people in the Okanagan and the Fraser Valley about increasing mosquito populations.

It is hardly news to people living or vacationing in the area, who have been complaining about getting bitten by swarms of mosquitoes for weeks on end. What is new this time around is the BCCDC is warning some of these mosquitoes may carry West Nile Virus.

Mosquitoes are a vector for the potentially deadly virus that is transmitted from birds to people, and the centre says more mosquitoes means a greater risk of infection.

BCCDC is reassuring there have been no positive test results from human, animal, or mosquito samplings in British Columbia, Oregon, or Washington State so far this year.

But mosquito expert and SFU professor Carl Lowenberger says mosquito eggs start hatching en mass when rivers overflow their boundaries or the snowpack starts to melt late, which is definitely something we have seen this year.

He says temperatures that favour the development of the virus in the guts of mosquitoes are much warmer than the twenty plus temperatures we are experiencing now, but people still need to take precautions.

“The probability that people will be bit my mosquitoes is very high, because they are a lot of mosquitoes in the Fraser Valley,” says Lowenberger. “The probability they are going to get bitten by a mosquito containing West Nile Virus in a form that can be transmitted to humans is very low, but that does not mean there is no risk.”

Bonnie Henry, the medical director of the vector borne disease program at BCCDC, says West Nile Virus causes no symptoms in 80 per cent of people who contract it.

The rest may develop some symptoms, including fever, fatigue, headaches and swollen lymph glands.

“These can last for some time. People who have had it say it is very debilitating. It is like having a very severe infection. You get really tired and it can last for several weeks," says Henry.

In severe cases, West Nile Virus can lead to encephalitis, paralysis or even death.

The risk of complications is higher in people over the age of 50, same applies to people with chronic illnesses like diabetes.

Henry says 2009 was the first time someone was actually bitten and became sick with the virus in BC, so the virus is still very novel to the province. She says at this point there is nothing to indicate we might be in for a major outbreak of West Nile Virus in British Columbia.

“What we don’t know and what is very difficult to predict is how much virus we are going to see every year," says Henry. "Much of it is weather dependent. We are testing for virus, and so far, we have not found any positives. But we know with this second generation of mosquitoes that are coming out now that the potential is there.”

If you think you might have contracted the virus, go see your doctor. There is testing is available across BC.

Tips to follow to reduce the risk of getting bitten by mosquitoes:

• Remove any standing water outdoors from empty containers at least twice a week.

• Drill holes in used containers, so water can’t collect.

• Immediately remove water that collects on swimming pool covers, and ensure that the pool’s pump is circulating.

• Clear leaves and twigs from eaves and storm gutters throughout the summer into early fall, so water doesn’t pool or collect.

• Check flat roofs frequently for standing water.

• Ensure that drains and drainage ditches are not clogged.

• Stop mosquitoes from entering your home or other premises.

• Take personal protective measures outdoors, such as wearing long sleeves and pants with light colours and a tight weave.

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Mountain Pine Beetle - BC Ministry of Forests Photo

Western Pine Beetle - Forestry UBC Photo

Black Widow Spider
This photo is not for sale
click Black Widow spider for larger image.  We did not photograph this spider so its not for sale.
There is one poisonous spider you need to watch out for, and that is the female black widow spider with a red spot on its back.  The male is not venomous.

Rock fences and retaining walls are the worst, so are piles of junk or wood. We have seen them in the garage. They say trees you buy to plant can get spiders that come in them from different parts of the USA, like in tropical plants etc..  They like old tires too.

Hobo Spider
Funnel webs are a key sign of hobo spiders
most likely seen during mid-summer until
early fall when the males search for females
the Hobo Spider is known to live in Southern BC
Here is another photo of a Hobo Spider from
Photo of a Hobo Spider Bite (warning its gross)
What to do if bitten by a Brown Recluse Spider
This photo is not for sale

click Hobo spider for larger image.   We did not photograph this spider so its not for sale.

Wear some good leather gloves if you are digging in the wood pile, rummaging through junk, planting trees, or working around your retaining wall.  And don't leave your shoes or gloves laying around where spiders can get inside them.

Erroneous attribution of dermonecrotic lesions to brown recluse or hobo spider bites in Canada

Kelowna, B.C. 2007 - Black Widow Spider You-Tube Video

Good Photos of the Hobo, Recluse and Black Widow Spiders

Good photo of the Hobo Spider on SFU's website

Photo of a Recluse Spider with a violin shape on its head

Funnel web we found near our yard in Fintry BC
on the Westside of Okanagan Lake, Kelowna BC

Spiders funnel web found near Fintry BC September 14, 2011
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The scientific name of the hobo spider is Tegenaria agrestis. There are three species of spider that look like the Hobo spider, T. agrestis, T. domestica and T. duellica, and all are found in BC.  If you can get a good close up photo of the Hobo spiders belly, someone at may be able to identify if it is a Hobo spider or not.  One way you can tell if its a Hobo spider or not is to look at its Epigyne or epigynum which is the external genital structure of female spiders or for male spiders its called the palp.

.pdf icon How to Identify (or misidentify) a Hobo Spider, by Rick Vetter & Art Antonelli. - Excellent info

How to identify a Hobo spider

Photo of a possible Hobo spider found at Westshore Estates

Photo of a Hobo spider

Another photo of a Hobo spider

Close up view of a Hobo spiders genitalia

More photos of Hobo spiders on bugguide,net

Photo of a confirmed Hobo spider

Photo of a female Hobo spider

Okanagan Hairy Spider found in wallet
Jumping Spider

#905  This spider above was crawling on my wallet when I pulled my wallet from my purse, on the Westside of Okanagan Lake, between Kelowna and Vernon BC. That is worn green fake outdoor carpet the spider is crawling on. This spider is about as big as any other spider and not overly large or small. He looked hairy to me.  I am wondering if he could hurt me lol !!  I tried to find a similar spider around the internet but couldn't find anything.  Hoping someone else will know what type of spider this is.

This a jumping spider (family Salticidae); specifically, it appears to be the boreal jumping spider, Phidippus borealis (see

for an image. These spiders are active hunters, relying on their keen eyesight to detect prey. Large jumping spiders can deliver a painful nip if mishandled, but none are known to be dangerously venomous to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
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Okanagan BC Beetle
Okanagan BC Beetle


Cyphocleonus achates
Knapweed Root Weevil

Cyphocleonus achates is an effective biocontrol agent for several species of knapweed.

This white spider is on an Arnica flower petal

Spider on an Arnica flower petal
Might be a House Cricket cause we found it in the house.  Can't seem to find a cricket that looks like this one.
Cricket - found on the westside of Okanagan Lake BC.
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Photo of a Brown Cricket

Info about the various Crickets in the Interior

Western Sculptured Pine Borer

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Sculptured Pine Borer
(Chalcophora angulicollis)

Okanagan Spittle Bug Nymph
Okanagan BC Spittle Bug Nymph
(Click picture to see larger image)

Okanagan BC Spittle Bug Nymph
Okanagan BC Spittle Bug Nymph
(Click picture to see larger image)

Pine Spittle Bug

Photo of the Western Spruce Bud Worm carcass?
Western Spruce Budworm carcass
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Western Spruce Budworm Larvae
Western Spruce Budworm larvae
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This unknown pupa was wrapped up in this Saskatoon Leaf in some silk.  Might be the Western Spruce Budworm Pupa

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Tree near Fintry affected by the Western Spruce Bud Worm
Tree partially defoliated by the Western Spruce Budworm
click image for a larger photo of the tree partially defoliated by the Western Spruce Budworm

Evening grosbeaks flock to areas infested with spruce budworm to breed and raise their young. (If an evening grosbeak were to get all its daily energy from budworm larvae it would eat 1,000 a day.) Because of its appetite for this destructive pest, the evening grosbeak is considered a beneficial bird. Source

A single year of defoliation generally has little impact on the tree. However, it does cause weakening of the tree, making it more susceptible to attacks by other insects. Defoliation over a few consecutive years causes tree growth loss. However, if defoliation of current- and previous-year shoots continues uninterrupted over several years, some trees will die, while others will continue to gradually decline for several years, even after the end of the infestation. This is the case with fir, the species most vulnerable to spruce budworm attacks, which dies after four consecutive years of severe defoliation.  Source Natural Resources Canada

For more info on the Western Spruce Budworm we have some info on here

Soldier Beetle
Soldier Beetle found on the Westside of Okanagan Lake
Cantharis rotundicollis
Ticks cause Lyme Disease

Ticks are active in the Spring

Here is a link to a good photo of what a tick looks like.

Don't poke a tick in the rear with a hot needle to remove it.

How to Remove a Tick


Stink Bug or Shield Bug
Shield bug / Stink bug found on the Westside of Okanagan Lake
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Stink Bug or Shield Bug

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Stink Bug or Shield Bug

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Hatchlings

Western Conifer Seed Bug and its excretion

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Eggs of western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis Heidemann (Hemiptera: Coreidae) on conifer needles near Vernon, British Columbia. This Nearctic species causes significant losses to North American conifer seed crops, especially in the west. Now established in Europe, it is causing problems for edible pine nut, Pinus pinea L. (Pinaceae), production.
Preying Mantis
Yup, we have Preying Mantis in the Okanagan
Robber Fly
Robber Fly - Okanagan
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Robber Fly
Robber Fly - Okanagan
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exact same Robber Fly
Robber Fly

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Exact same Robber Fly in photo above

Crimson erineum mite
Crimson erineum mite on a maple leaf

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Sawfly Larvae on a Saskatoon Tree Leaf
blue Sawfly Larvae with a yellow head on a Saskatoon Tree Leaf
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flying Long Horn Pine Sawyer Beetle
Flying Long Horn Pine Sawyer Beetle
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same flying Long Horn Pine Sawyer Beetle

flying Long Horn Pine Sawyer Beetle
Flying Long Horn Pine Sawyer Beetle
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Genus: Monochamus
Family: Cerambycidae
Order: Coleoptera
Class: Hexapoda (including Insecta)

The larvae of Pine Sawyer Beetle feed on evergreens like pines, firs, etc.

Ministry of Agriculture - Tree Fruit Insect Pests and Diseases (over 50 factsheets on pests and diseases of tree fruit in B.C., including control information)
Tentiform Leafminer (Phyllonorycter mispilella)

Tentiform leafminer is currently a minor pest in orchards in the Okanagan valley due to effective biological control by the tentiform leafminer parasite. It attacks apple, pear, and cherry.
Flying Longhorn

Flying Longhorn taken Aug 19, 2011
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Same Long Horn

Flying Longhorn taken Aug 19, 2011
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Notice how large this Prionus Californicus beetle is by the fir tree needle in the photo
Prionus californicus
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same Prionus californicus

This is the same large Prionus Californicus beetle
Prionus californicus
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We found this one at night on our outside cement step at our front door, so watch your step.  It is drawn to light.  Don't go out side barefoot anymore LOL!  At least not without looking :)

Close up shot of the Prionus californicus beetle's mouth.  Same beetle in the two photos above.
Prionus californicus
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We sent this Prionus beetle to to help identify it.  We thought it was a Prionus pocularis but said the following:

This is Prionus californicus, the California Root Borer, which ranges from Mexico to Canada in the western states.

Prionus californicus -

Prionus californicus -

Prionus californicus -

Prionus californicus - Google Images


In the Pacific Northwest, carpenter ant damage to buildings is more prevalent than that done by termites.

BC Species at risk
Tiger Salamander
Pacific Giant Salamander
Couer d’Alene Salamander
Leopard Frog
Tailed Frog
Painted Turtle.

We see these blue fuzzy balls on trees at Valley of the Sun along Westside Road

click the photo for a larger picture.

Adelges cooleyi (Adelgidae) the Cooley spruce gall adelgid

Baldfaced Hornet Nest
found out Westside Road, Kelowna BC

                             same Baldfaced Hornets nest

Baldfaced Hornets

The baldfaced hornet is a member of the yellowjacket family. They are aggressive and will attack anything (or anyone) that invades their space. They can sting repeatedly and their sting is very painful.

Baldfaced hornets build paper-like nests, which are grayish-brown, inverted, pear-shaped, and up to three feet tall with the nest entrance at the bottom. Each nest consists of a number of horizontal layers, stories or "tiers" of circular combs, one below the other completely enclosed by a paper-like envelope as a covering. Also, the cells are not exposed to view. Nest are built hanging from trees, bushes, vegetation and occasionally buildings.



Baldfaced Hornet Nest


Baldfaced Hornet a little squished,
found out Westside Road, Kelowna BC

Baldfaced Hornet found at Valley of the Sun Westside Road
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We found this Tick at Valley of the Sun out Westside Road.
It was climbing on the wall inside the house.

Ticks have 8 legs, so if the bug you see has 8 legs, it could be a tick.

Here is another photo of the tick we found out Westside Road.  This tick did not feed or it would be 5 times as big.
Below is a photo of an engorged tick that IHA had up on their website.  We did not take this photo so its not for sale.

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Check out the One-Eyed Sphinx Moth.. its pretty cool looking.

Jewel Beetle  

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