List of U.S. state insects

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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 ladybug).

Table[edit]

State State insect Binomial
nomenclature
Image Year
Alabama Monarch Butterfly Danaus plexippus Monarch In May.jpg 1989[1]
Alaska Four-Spotted Skimmer Dragonfly Libellula quadrimaculata Libellula quadrimaculata - Vierflecklibelle.jpg
Arizona Two-Tailed Swallowtail
(State Butterfly)
Papilio multicaudata Papilio multicaudata.jpg
Arkansas European honey bee
(State Insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1973[2]
Diana Fritillary Butterfly
(State Butterfly)
Speyeria diana Male Diana Fritillary Megan McCarty27.jpg 2007[2]
California California Dogface Butterfly Zerene eurydice DogfaceStamp.jpg 1972
Colorado Colorado Hairstreak Butterfly Hypaurotis crysalus Colorado Hairstreak, MM.JPG
Connecticut European mantis Mantis religiosa European mantis.png
Delaware 7-spotted ladybug
(State Bug)
Coccinella septempunctata BIEDRONA.JPG 1974[3]
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
(State Butterfly)
Papilio glaucus Pristine Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.jpg 1999[4]
Georgia European honey bee
(State Insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1975[5]
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
(State Butterfly)
Papilio glaucus Pristine Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.jpg 1988[6]
Florida Zebra Longwing
(State Butterfly)
Heliconius charitonius Heliconius charithonia Kaldari 1 cropped.jpg 1996[7]
Hawaii Kamehameha butterfly Vanessa tameamea Vanessa tameamea1.jpg 2009[8]
Idaho Monarch Butterfly Danaus plexippus Monarch In May.jpg 1992[9]
Illinois Monarch Butterfly Danaus plexippus Monarch In May.jpg 1975[10]
Kansas European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg
Kentucky Viceroy Butterfly Limenitis archippus Viceroy Butterfly.jpg
Louisiana European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg
Maine European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg
Maryland Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly Euphydryas phaeton BaltimoreDS.jpg 1973[11]
Massachusetts 7-spotted ladybug Coccinella septempunctata BIEDRONA.JPG
Minnesota Monarch Butterfly Danaus plexippus Monarch In May.jpg 2000[12]
Mississippi European honey bee
(State Insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1980[13]
Spicebush Swallowtail
(State Butterfly)
Papilio troilus Spicebush Swallowtail in August.jpg 1991[13]
Missouri European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg
Montana Mourning Cloak Butterfly Nymphalis antiopa Nymphalis antiopa.jpg
Nebraska European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg
New Hampshire 7-spotted ladybug
(State Insect)
Coccinella septempunctata BIEDRONA.JPG 1977[14]
Karner Blue Butterfly
(State Butterfly)
Lycaeides melissa
(subspecies samuelis)
Lycaeides melissa samuelis (cropped).jpg 1992[14]
New Jersey European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg
New Mexico Tarantula hawk wasp
(State Insect)
Pepsis grossa Pepsis formosa02.jpg 1989[15]
Sandia Hairstreak Butterfly
(State Butterfly)
Callophrys mcfarlandi Callophrys mcfarlandi 1.jpg 2003[16]
New York 9-spotted ladybug Coccinella novemnotata 1989[17]
North Carolina European honey bee
(State Insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1973[18]
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
(State Butterfly)
Papilio glaucus Pristine Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.jpg 2012[19]
North Dakota Convergent lady beetle
(State Insect)
Hippodamia convergens Hippodamia convergens 08085.JPG 2011[20]
Ohio 7-spotted ladybug Coccinella septempunctata BIEDRONA.JPG
Oklahoma European honey bee
(State Insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1992[21]
Black Swallowtail Butterfly
(State Butterfly)
Papilio polyxenes Pristine Black Swallowtail.jpg 1996[21]
Oregon Oregon Swallowtail Butterfly Papilio oregonius Papiliooregoniusstamp.jpeg
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania firefly
(State Insect)
Photuris pennsylvanica Photuris pennsylvanicus 1665.jpg 1974[22]
South Carolina Carolina mantis
(State Insect)
Stagmomantis carolina Mantis2 6065.jpg 1988[23]
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
(State Butterfly)
Papilio glaucus Pristine Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.jpg 1994[24]
South Dakota European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg
Tennessee Common eastern firefly
(State Insect)
Photinus pyralis Photinus pyralis Firefly 2.jpg 1975[25]
7-spotted ladybug
(State Insect)
Coccinella septempunctata BIEDRONA.JPG 1975[25]
European honey bee
(State Agricultural Insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1990[25]
Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly
(State Butterfly)
Eurytides marcellus Eurytides marcellus 1 - Desert Botanical Garden.jpg 1995[25]
Texas Monarch Butterfly Danaus plexippus Monarch In May.jpg 1995[26]
Utah European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1983[27]
Vermont European honey bee
(State Insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1978[28]
Monarch Butterfly
(State Butterfly)
Danaus plexippus Monarch In May.jpg 1987[29]
Virginia Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Papilio glaucus Pristine Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.jpg
Washington Green Darner Dragonfly Anax junius Green Darner.jpg 1997[30]
West Virginia European honey bee
(State Insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 2002[31]
Monarch Butterfly
(State Butterfly)
Danaus plexippus Monarch In May.jpg 1995[32]
Wisconsin European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1977[33]
Wyoming Sheridan's Green Hairstreak Callophrys sheridanii Callophrys sheridanii 15737 (cropped).JPG 2009[34]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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 of Georgia, Georgia General Assembly
  6. ^ State Butterfly, Office of Secretary of State of Georgia website.
  7. ^ State Symbols
  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. ^ a b State Animal, the New Hampshire Almanac, New Hampshire State Library. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
  15. ^ Welcome to the New Mexico State Capitol (brochure), New Mexico Legislature. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
  16. ^ House Bill 13, 46th Legislature of the State of New Mexico. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
  17. ^ "Symbols of New York State", New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Retrieved 2008-03-30
  18. ^ "Official State Symbols of North Carolina". North Carolina State Library (State of North Carolina). Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  19. ^ State butterfly: Eastern tiger swallowtail (NCpedia)
  20. ^ State Insect ND.gov
  21. ^ a b Oklahoma Almanac, State Emblems (pp. 37-40)
  22. ^ "Act of Apr. 10, 1974, P.L. 247, No. 59". Pennsylvania General Assembly. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  23. ^ "The State Insect". South Carolina Legislature Online. Archived from the original on 2009-01-09. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  24. ^ The State Butterfly, South Carolina Legislature Online. Retrieved 2008-03-29
  25. ^ a b c d State Symbols, Tennessee Department of State. Retrieved 2008-03-29
  26. ^ "Texas State Symbols". The Texas State Library and Archives. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
  27. ^ Utah State Insect - Honey Bee from pioneer.utah.gov "Pioneer: Utah's Online Library" page. Retrieved on 2008-09-08
  28. ^ "(Vermont) State Insect". Vermont Department of Libraries. Retrieved 2008-03-29. 
  29. ^ "(Vermont) State Butterfly". Vermont Department of Libraries. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
  30. ^ "Symbols of Washington State". Washington State Legislature. Archived from the original on 2007-03-05. Retrieved 2007-03-11. 
  31. ^ "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).
  32. ^ "West Virginia Statistical Information, General State Information" (PDF). Official West Virginia Web Portal. Retrieved March 31, 2010. 
  33. ^ "Wisconsin State Symbols". State of Wisconsin. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  34. ^ "Wyoming State Symbols". State of Wyoming. Retrieved 2014. 

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