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List of U.S. state insects

State insects are designated by 45 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.). 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.

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State State insect Binomial
name
Image Year
Alabama Monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus   1989[1]
Alaska Four-spotted skimmer dragonfly Libellula quadrimaculata  
Arizona Two-tailed swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio multicaudata  
Arkansas European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera   1973[2]
Diana fritillary butterfly
(state butterfly)
Speyeria diana   2007[2]
California California dogface butterfly

(state butterfly)

Zerene eurydice   1972
Colorado Colorado hairstreak butterfly Hypaurotis crysalus   1996
Connecticut European mantis Mantis religiosa  
Delaware 7-spotted ladybug
(state bug)
Coccinella septempunctata   1974[3]
Eastern tiger swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio glaucus   1999[4]
Florida Zebra longwing
(state butterfly)
Heliconius charitonius   1996[5]
Georgia European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera   1975[6]
Eastern tiger swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio glaucus   1988[7]
Hawaii Kamehameha butterfly Vanessa tameamea   2009[8]
Idaho Monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus   1992[9]
Illinois Monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus   1975[10]
Kansas European honey bee Apis mellifera  
Kentucky Viceroy butterfly Limenitis archippus  
Louisiana European honey bee Apis mellifera  
Maine European honey bee Apis mellifera  
Maryland Baltimore checkerspot butterfly Euphydryas phaeton   1973[11]
Massachusetts 7-spotted ladybug Coccinella septempunctata  
Minnesota Monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus   2000[12]
Mississippi European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera   1980[13]
Spicebush swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio troilus   1991[13]
Missouri European honey bee Apis mellifera  
Montana Mourning cloak butterfly Nymphalis antiopa  
Nebraska European honey bee Apis mellifera  
Nevada Vivid Dancer Argia vivida   2009[14]
New Hampshire 7-spotted ladybug
(state insect)
Coccinella septempunctata   1977[15]
Karner blue butterfly
(state butterfly)
Lycaeides melissa
(subspecies samuelis)
  1992[15]
New Jersey European honey bee Apis mellifera  
New Mexico Tarantula hawk wasp
(state insect)
Pepsis grossa   1989[16]
Sandia hairstreak butterfly
(state butterfly)
Callophrys mcfarlandi   2003[17]
New York 9-spotted ladybug Coccinella novemnotata   1989[18]
North Carolina European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera   1973[19]
Eastern tiger swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio glaucus   2012[20]
North Dakota Convergent lady beetle
(state insect)
Hippodamia convergens   2011[21]
Ohio 7-spotted ladybug Coccinella septempunctata   1975
Oklahoma European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera   1992[22]
Black swallowtail butterfly
(state butterfly)
Papilio polyxenes   1996[22]
Oregon Oregon swallowtail butterfly Papilio oregonius  
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania firefly
(state insect)
Photuris pennsylvanica   1974[23]
Rhode Island American burying beetle Nicrophorus americanus   2015[24]
South Carolina Carolina mantis
(state insect)
Stagmomantis carolina   1988[25]
Eastern tiger swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio glaucus   1994[26]
South Dakota European honey bee Apis mellifera   1978[27]
Tennessee Common eastern firefly
(state insect)
Photinus pyralis   1975[28]
7-spotted ladybug
(state insect)
Coccinella septempunctata   1975[28]
European honey bee
(state agricultural insect)
Apis mellifera   1990[28]
Zebra swallowtail butterfly
(state butterfly)
Eurytides marcellus   1995[28]
Texas Monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus   1995[29]
Utah European honey bee Apis mellifera   1983[30]
Vermont European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera   1978[31]
Monarch butterfly
(state butterfly)
Danaus plexippus   1987[32]
Virginia Eastern tiger swallowtail Papilio glaucus  
Washington Green darner dragonfly Anax junius   1997[33]
West Virginia European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera   2002[34]
Monarch butterfly
(state butterfly)
Danaus plexippus   1995[35]
Wisconsin European honey bee Apis mellifera   1977[36]
Wyoming Sheridan's green hairstreak Callophrys sheridanii   2009[37]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Official Alabama Insect". Alabama Emblems, Symbols and Honors. Alabama Department of Archives & History. 2001-07-12. Retrieved 2007-03-19. 
  2. ^ a b Arkansas - State symbols and emblems
  3. ^ Delaware Code Title 29 § 309
  4. ^ Delaware Code Title 29 § 315
  5. ^ State Symbols
  6. ^ State Symbols of Georgia, Georgia General Assembly
  7. ^ State Butterfly, Office of Secretary of State of Georgia website.
  8. ^ Cooper, Jeanne (2009-08-21). "Emblems of Hawaii a surprise to many Americans". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  9. ^ "Idaho Symbols, Insect: Monarch Butterfly". Idaho State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots. SHG resources, state handbook & guide. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
  10. ^ "State Symbol: Illinois Official Insect — Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)". [Illinois] State Symbols. Illinois State Museum. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
  11. ^ Marylands Kids Page - State Symbols
  12. ^ "Minnesota State Symbols" (PDF). Minnesota House of Representatives. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
  13. ^ a b State Symbols, p. 4. Office of the Secretary of State of Mississippi. Retrieved 2008-03-29
  14. ^ "Designates the official state insect of Nevada. (BDR 19-914)", Nevada Legislature. Retrieved 2017-03-28
  15. ^ a b State Animal, the New Hampshire Almanac, New Hampshire State Library. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
  16. ^ Welcome to the New Mexico State Capitol (brochure), New Mexico Legislature. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
  17. ^ House Bill 13, 46th Legislature of the State of New Mexico. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
  18. ^ "Symbols of New York State", New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Retrieved 2008-03-30
  19. ^ "Official State Symbols of North Carolina". North Carolina State Library. State of North Carolina. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  20. ^ State butterfly: Eastern tiger swallowtail (NCpedia)
  21. ^ State Insect ND.gov
  22. ^ a b Oklahoma Almanac, State Emblems (pp. 37-40)
  23. ^ "Act of Apr. 10, 1974, P.L. 247, No. 59". Pennsylvania General Assembly. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  24. ^ "State Insect Bill Approved". NewsRadio 920 WHJJ. Retrieved 2015-05-19. 
  25. ^ "The State Insect". South Carolina Legislature Online. Archived from the original on 2009-01-09. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  26. ^ The State Butterfly, South Carolina Legislature Online. Retrieved 2008-03-29
  27. ^ "Tidbits". Ludington Daily News. Aug 4, 2001. p. 33. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  28. ^ a b c d State Symbols, Tennessee Department of State. Retrieved 2008-03-29
  29. ^ "Texas State Symbols". The Texas State Library and Archives. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
  30. ^ Utah State Insect - Honey Bee from pioneer.utah.gov "Pioneer: Utah's Online Library" page. Retrieved on 2008-09-08
  31. ^ "(Vermont) State Insect". Vermont Department of Libraries. Retrieved 2008-03-29. 
  32. ^ "(Vermont) State Butterfly". Vermont Department of Libraries. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
  33. ^ "Symbols of Washington State". Washington State Legislature. Archived from the original on 2007-03-05. Retrieved 2007-03-11. 
  34. ^ "Appendix A/State Profile (State of West Virginia FY 2009 Executive Budget)" (PDF). Official West Virginia Web Portal. Retrieved 2008-03-29.  Page 21 (547).
  35. ^ "West Virginia Statistical Information, General State Information" (PDF). Official West Virginia Web Portal. Retrieved March 31, 2010. 
  36. ^ "Wisconsin State Symbols". State of Wisconsin. Archived from the original on 2010-01-12. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  37. ^ "Wyoming State Symbols". State of Wyoming. Retrieved 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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