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.

Table

State State insect Binomial
name
Image Year
Alabama Monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus Monarch In May 1989[1]
Alaska Four-spotted skimmer dragonfly Libellula quadrimaculata Libellula quadrimaculata - Vierflecklibelle
Arizona Two-tailed swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio multicaudata Papilio multicaudata
Arkansas European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi 1973[2]
Diana fritillary butterfly
(state butterfly)
Speyeria diana Male Diana Fritillary Megan McCarty27 2007[2]
California California dogface butterfly

(state butterfly)

Zerene eurydice DogfaceStamp 1972
Colorado Colorado hairstreak butterfly Hypaurotis crysalus Colorado Hairstreak, MM 1996
Connecticut European mantis Mantis religiosa European mantis
Delaware 7-spotted ladybug
(state bug)
Coccinella septempunctata BIEDRONA 1974[3]
Eastern tiger swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio glaucus Pristine Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1999[4]
Florida Zebra longwing
(state butterfly)
Heliconius charitonius Heliconius charithonia Kaldari 1 cropped 1996[5]
Georgia European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi 1975[6]
Eastern tiger swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio glaucus Pristine Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1988[7]
Hawaii Kamehameha butterfly Vanessa tameamea Vanessa tameamea1 2009[8]
Idaho Monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus Monarch In May 1992[9]
Illinois Monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus Monarch In May 1975[10]
Indiana Say's firefly Pyractomena angulata Firefly composite 2018[11]
Kansas European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi
Kentucky Viceroy butterfly Limenitis archippus Viceroy Butterfly
Louisiana European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi
Maine European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi
Maryland Baltimore checkerspot butterfly Euphydryas phaeton BaltimoreDS 1973[12]
Massachusetts 7-spotted ladybug Coccinella septempunctata BIEDRONA
Minnesota Monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus Monarch In May 2000[13]
Mississippi European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi 1980[14]
Spicebush swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio troilus Spicebush Swallowtail in August 1991[14]
Missouri European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi
Montana Mourning cloak butterfly Nymphalis antiopa Nymphalis antiopa
Nebraska European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi
Nevada Vivid Dancer Argia vivida Vivid Dancer - Argia vivida, Packer Lake, California 2009[15]
New Hampshire 7-spotted ladybug
(state insect)
Coccinella septempunctata BIEDRONA 1977[16]
Karner blue butterfly
(state butterfly)
Lycaeides melissa
(subspecies samuelis)
Lycaeides melissa samuelis (cropped) 1992[16]
New Jersey European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi
New Mexico Tarantula hawk wasp
(state insect)
Pepsis grossa Pepsis formosa02 1989[17]
Sandia hairstreak butterfly
(state butterfly)
Callophrys mcfarlandi Callophrys mcfarlandi 1 2003[18]
New York 9-spotted ladybug Coccinella novemnotata Coccinella novemnotata 1 1989[19]
North Carolina European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi 1973[20]
Eastern tiger swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio glaucus Pristine Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2012[21]
North Dakota Convergent lady beetle
(state insect)
Hippodamia convergens Hippodamia convergens 08085 2011[22]
Ohio 7-spotted ladybug Coccinella septempunctata BIEDRONA 1975
Oklahoma European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi 1992[23]
Black swallowtail butterfly
(state butterfly)
Papilio polyxenes Pristine Black Swallowtail 1996[23]
Oregon Oregon swallowtail butterfly Papilio oregonius Papiliooregoniusstamp.jpeg
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania firefly
(state insect)
Photuris pennsylvanica Photuris pennsylvanicus 1665 1974[24]
Rhode Island American burying beetle Nicrophorus americanus Nicrophorus americanus - Sankt-Peterburg 2015[25]
South Carolina Carolina mantis
(state insect)
Stagmomantis carolina Mantis2 6065 1988[26]
Eastern tiger swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio glaucus Pristine Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1994[27]
South Dakota European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi 1978[28]
Tennessee Common eastern firefly
(state insect)
Photinus pyralis Photinus pyralis Firefly 2 1975[29]
7-spotted ladybug
(state insect)
Coccinella septempunctata BIEDRONA 1975[29]
European honey bee
(state agricultural insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi 1990[29]
Zebra swallowtail butterfly
(state butterfly)
Eurytides marcellus Eurytides marcellus 1 - Desert Botanical Garden 1995[29]
Texas Monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus Monarch In May 1995[30]
Utah European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi 1983[31]
Vermont European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi 1978[32]
Monarch butterfly
(state butterfly)
Danaus plexippus Monarch In May 1987[33]
Virginia Eastern tiger swallowtail Papilio glaucus Pristine Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Washington Green darner dragonfly Anax junius Green Darner 1997[34]
West Virginia European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi 2002[35]
Monarch butterfly
(state butterfly)
Danaus plexippus Monarch In May 1995[36]
Wisconsin European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi 1977[37]
Wyoming Sheridan's green hairstreak Callophrys sheridanii Callophrys sheridanii 15737 (cropped) 2009[38]

See also

References

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  2. ^ a b Arkansas - State symbols and emblems
  3. ^ Delaware Code Title 29 § 309
  4. ^ Delaware Code Title 29 § 315
  5. ^ State Symbols Archived 2007-07-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ State Symbols Archived 2008-02-12 at the Wayback Machine. 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. ^ "Say's Firefly to become state insect after bill lights its way through the Indiana House". Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  12. ^ Marylands Kids Page - State Symbols
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  14. ^ a b State Symbols Archived 2009-11-04 at the Wayback Machine., p. 4. Office of the Secretary of State of Mississippi. Retrieved 2008-03-29
  15. ^ "Designates the official state insect of Nevada. (BDR 19-914)", Nevada Legislature. Retrieved 2017-03-28
  16. ^ a b State Animal, the New Hampshire Almanac, New Hampshire State Library. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
  17. ^ Welcome to the New Mexico State Capitol (brochure), New Mexico Legislature. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
  18. ^ House Bill 13, 46th Legislature of the State of New Mexico. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
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  20. ^ "Official State Symbols of North Carolina". North Carolina State Library. State of North Carolina. Retrieved 2008-01-26.
  21. ^ State butterfly: Eastern tiger swallowtail (NCpedia)
  22. ^ State Insect ND.gov
  23. ^ a b Oklahoma Almanac, State Emblems (pp. 37-40)
  24. ^ "Act of Apr. 10, 1974, P.L. 247, No. 59". Pennsylvania General Assembly. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
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  27. ^ The State Butterfly, South Carolina Legislature Online. Retrieved 2008-03-29
  28. ^ "Tidbits". Ludington Daily News. Aug 4, 2001. p. 33. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
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  30. ^ "Texas State Symbols". The Texas State Library and Archives. Retrieved 2008-03-26.
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  32. ^ "(Vermont) State Insect". Vermont Department of Libraries. Archived from the original on 2009-02-22. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
  33. ^ "(Vermont) State Butterfly". Vermont Department of Libraries. Archived from the original on 2009-02-21. Retrieved 2008-03-26.
  34. ^ "Symbols of Washington State". Washington State Legislature. Archived from the original on 2007-03-05. Retrieved 2007-03-11.
  35. ^ "Appendix A/State Profile (State of West Virginia FY 2009 Executive Budget)" (PDF). Official West Virginia Web Portal. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2008-03-29. Page 21 (547).
  36. ^ "West Virginia Statistical Information, General State Information" (PDF). Official West Virginia Web Portal. Retrieved March 31, 2010.
  37. ^ "Wisconsin State Symbols". State of Wisconsin. Archived from the original on 2010-01-12. Retrieved 2011-12-19.
  38. ^ "Wyoming State Symbols". State of Wyoming. Archived from the original on 2013-12-24. Retrieved 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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