List of U.S. state insects

State insects are designated by 48 individual states of the fifty United States. Some states have more than one designated insect, or have multiple categories (e.g., state insect and state butterfly, etc.). Iowa and Michigan are the two states without a designated state insect.

More than half of the insects chosen are not native to North America, because of the inclusion of three European species (European honey bee, European mantis, and 7-spotted ladybird), each having been chosen by multiple states.

TableEdit

State State insect Binomial
name
Image Year
Alabama Monarch butterfly
(state insect)
Danaus plexippus   1989[1]
Queen honey bee
(state agricultural insect)
Apis mellifera   2005[2]
Eastern tiger swallowtail
(state butterfly and mascot)
Papilio glaucus   1989[3]
Alaska Four-spotted skimmer dragonfly Libellula quadrimaculata   1995[4]
Arizona Two-tailed swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio multicaudata   2001[5]
Arkansas European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera   1973[6]
Diana fritillary butterfly
(state butterfly)
Speyeria diana   2007[6]
California California dogface butterfly

(state butterfly)

Zerene eurydice   1972[7]
Colorado Colorado hairstreak Hypaurotis crysalus   1996[8]
Connecticut European mantis Mantis religiosa   1977[9]
Delaware 7-spotted ladybug
(state bug)
Coccinella septempunctata   1974[10]
Eastern tiger swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio glaucus   1999[11]
Stonefly
(state macroinvertebrate)
Order Plecoptera   2005[12]
Florida Zebra longwing
(state butterfly)
Heliconius charitonius   1996[13]
Georgia European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera   1975[14]
Eastern tiger swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio glaucus   1988[15]
Hawaii Kamehameha butterfly Vanessa tameamea   2009[16]
Idaho Monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus   1992[17]
Illinois Monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus   1975[18]
Indiana Say's firefly Pyractomena angulata   2018[19]
Kansas European honey bee Apis mellifera   1976[20]
Kentucky European honey bee
(state agricultural insect)
Apis mellifera   2010[21]
Viceroy butterfly
(state butterfly)
Limenitis archippus   1990[22]
Louisiana European honey bee Apis mellifera   1977[23]
Maine European honey bee Apis mellifera   1975[24]
Maryland Baltimore checkerspot butterfly Euphydryas phaeton   1973[25]
Massachusetts Ladybug Family Coccinellidae   1974[26]
Minnesota Monarch butterfly
(state butterfly)
Danaus plexippus   2000[27]
Rusty patched bumblebee
(state bee)
Bombus affinis   2019[28]
Mississippi European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera   1980[29]
Spicebush swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio troilus   1991[29]
Missouri European honey bee Apis mellifera   1985[30]
Montana Mourning cloak butterfly
(state butterfly)
Nymphalis antiopa   2001[31]
Nebraska European honey bee Apis mellifera   1975[32]
Nevada Vivid dancer damselfly Argia vivida   2009[33]
New Hampshire 7-spotted ladybug
(state insect)
Coccinella septempunctata   1977[34]
Karner blue butterfly
(state butterfly)
Plebejus melissa samuelis   1992[34]
New Jersey European honey bee
(state bug)
Apis mellifera   1974[35]
Black swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio polyxenes   2014[36]
New Mexico Tarantula hawk wasp
(state insect)
Pepsis grossa   1989[37]
Sandia hairstreak
(state butterfly)
Callophrys mcfarlandi   2003[38]
New York 9-spotted ladybug Coccinella novemnotata   1989[39]
North Carolina European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera   1973[40]
Eastern tiger swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio glaucus   2012[41]
North Dakota Convergent lady beetle Hippodamia convergens   2011[42]
Ohio Ladybug Family Coccinellidae   1975[43]
Oklahoma European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera   1992[44]
Black swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio polyxenes   1996[44]
Oregon Oregon swallowtail Papilio oregonius   1979[45]
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania firefly Photuris pennsylvanica   1974[46]
Rhode Island American burying beetle Nicrophorus americanus   2015[47]
South Carolina Carolina mantis
(state insect)
Stagmomantis carolina   1988[48]
Eastern tiger swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio glaucus   1994[49]
South Dakota European honey bee Apis mellifera   1978[50]
Tennessee Common eastern firefly
(state insect)
Photinus pyralis   1975[51]
7-spotted ladybug
(state insect)
Coccinella septempunctata   1975[51]
European honey bee
(state agricultural insect)
Apis mellifera   1990[51]
Zebra swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Eurytides marcellus   1995[51]
Texas Monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus   1995[52]
Utah European honey bee Apis mellifera   1983[53]
Vermont European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera   1978[54]
Monarch butterfly
(state butterfly)
Danaus plexippus   1987[55]
Virginia Eastern tiger swallowtail Papilio glaucus   [56]
Washington Green darner dragonfly Anax junius   1997[57]
West Virginia European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera   2002[58]
Monarch butterfly
(state butterfly)
Danaus plexippus   1995[59]
Wisconsin European honey bee Apis mellifera   1977[60]
Wyoming Sheridan's green hairstreak Callophrys sheridanii   2009[61]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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