List of U.S. state insects

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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.

Table[edit]

State State insect Binomial
name
Image Year
Alabama Monarch butterfly
(state insect)
Danaus plexippus Monarch In May.jpg 1989[1]
Queen honey bee
(state agricultural insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera (queen and workers).jpg 2005[2]
Eastern tiger swallowtail
(state butterfly and mascot)
Papilio glaucus Pristine Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.jpg 1989[3]
Alaska Four-spotted skimmer dragonfly Libellula quadrimaculata Libellula quadrimaculata - Vierflecklibelle.jpg 1995[4]
Arizona Two-tailed swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio multicaudata Papilio multicaudata.jpg 2001[5]
Arkansas European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1973[6]
Diana fritillary butterfly
(state butterfly)
Speyeria diana Male Diana Fritillary Megan McCarty27.jpg 2007[6]
California California dogface butterfly

(state butterfly)

Zerene eurydice DogfaceStamp.jpg 1972[7]
Colorado Colorado hairstreak Hypaurotis crysalus Colorado Hairstreak, MM.JPG 1996[8]
Connecticut European mantis Mantis religiosa European mantis.png 1977[9]
Delaware 7-spotted ladybug
(state bug)
Coccinella septempunctata BIEDRONA.JPG 1974[10]
Eastern tiger swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio glaucus Pristine Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.jpg 1999[11]
Stonefly
(state macroinvertebrate)
Order Plecoptera Pteronarcyidae.jpg 2005[12]
Florida Zebra longwing
(state butterfly)
Heliconius charitonius Heliconius charithonia Kaldari 1 cropped.jpg 1996[13]
Georgia European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1975[14]
Eastern tiger swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio glaucus Pristine Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.jpg 1988[15]
Hawaii Kamehameha butterfly Vanessa tameamea Vanessa tameamea1.jpg 2009[16]
Idaho Monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus Monarch In May.jpg 1992[17]
Illinois Monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus Monarch In May.jpg 1975[18]
Indiana Say's firefly Pyractomena angulata Firefly composite.jpg 2018[19]
Kansas European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1976[20]
Kentucky European honey bee
(state agricultural insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 2010[21]
Viceroy butterfly
(state butterfly)
Limenitis archippus Viceroy Butterfly.jpg 1990[22]
Louisiana European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1977[23]
Maine European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1975[24]
Maryland Baltimore checkerspot butterfly Euphydryas phaeton BaltimoreDS.jpg 1973[25]
Massachusetts Ladybug Family Coccinellidae BIEDRONA.JPG 1974[26]
Minnesota Monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus Monarch In May.jpg 2000[27]
Mississippi European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1980[28]
Spicebush swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio troilus Spicebush Swallowtail in August.jpg 1991[28]
Missouri European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1985[29]
Montana Mourning cloak butterfly
(state butterfly)
Nymphalis antiopa Nymphalis antiopa.jpg 2001[30]
Nebraska European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1975[31]
Nevada Vivid dancer damselfly Argia vivida Vivid Dancer - Argia vivida, Packer Lake, California.jpg 2009[32]
New Hampshire 7-spotted ladybug
(state insect)
Coccinella septempunctata BIEDRONA.JPG 1977[33]
Karner blue butterfly
(state butterfly)
Plebejus melissa samuelis Lycaeides melissa samuelis (cropped).jpg 1992[33]
New Jersey European honey bee
(state bug)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1974[34]
Black swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio polyxenes Pristine Black Swallowtail.jpg 2014[35]
New Mexico Tarantula hawk wasp
(state insect)
Pepsis grossa Pepsis formosa02.jpg 1989[36]
Sandia hairstreak
(state butterfly)
Callophrys mcfarlandi Callophrys mcfarlandi 1.jpg 2003[37]
New York 9-spotted ladybug Coccinella novemnotata Coccinella novemnotata 1.jpg 1989[38]
North Carolina European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1973[39]
Eastern tiger swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio glaucus Pristine Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.jpg 2012[40]
North Dakota Convergent lady beetle Hippodamia convergens Hippodamia convergens 08085.JPG 2011[41]
Ohio Ladybug Family Coccinellidae BIEDRONA.JPG 1975[42]
Oklahoma European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1992[43]
Black swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio polyxenes Pristine Black Swallowtail.jpg 1996[43]
Oregon Oregon swallowtail Papilio oregonius Papiliooregoniusstamp.jpeg 1979[44]
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania firefly Photuris pennsylvanica Photuris pensylvanica.jpg 1974[45]
Rhode Island American burying beetle Nicrophorus americanus Nicrophorus americanus - Sankt-Peterburg.jpg 2015[46]
South Carolina Carolina mantis
(state insect)
Stagmomantis carolina Mantis2 6065.jpg 1988[47]
Eastern tiger swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio glaucus Pristine Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.jpg 1994[48]
South Dakota European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1978[49]
Tennessee Common eastern firefly
(state insect)
Photinus pyralis Photinus pyralis Firefly 2.jpg 1975[50]
7-spotted ladybug
(state insect)
Coccinella septempunctata BIEDRONA.JPG 1975[50]
European honey bee
(state agricultural insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1990[50]
Zebra swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Eurytides marcellus Eurytides marcellus 1 - Desert Botanical Garden.jpg 1995[50]
Texas Monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus Monarch In May.jpg 1995[51]
Utah European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1883[52]
Vermont European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1978[53]
Monarch butterfly
(state butterfly)
Danaus plexippus Monarch In May.jpg 1987[54]
Virginia Eastern tiger swallowtail Papilio glaucus Pristine Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.jpg [55]
Washington Green darner dragonfly Anax junius Green Darner.jpg 1997[56]
West Virginia European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 2002[57]
Monarch butterfly
(state butterfly)
Danaus plexippus Monarch In May.jpg 1995[58]
Wisconsin European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1977[59]
Wyoming Sheridan's green hairstreak Callophrys sheridanii Callophrys sheridanii 15737 (cropped).JPG 2009[60]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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