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]

StateState insectBinomial
nomenclature
ImageYear
AlabamaMonarch ButterflyDanaus plexippusMonarch In May.jpg1989[1]
AlaskaFour-Spotted Skimmer DragonflyLibellula quadrimaculataLibellula quadrimaculata - Vierflecklibelle.jpg
ArizonaTwo-Tailed Swallowtail
(State Butterfly)
Papilio multicaudataPapilio multicaudata.jpg
ArkansasEuropean honey bee
(State Insect)
Apis melliferaApis mellifera bi.jpg1973[2]
Diana Fritillary Butterfly
(State Butterfly)
Speyeria dianaMale Diana Fritillary Megan McCarty27.jpg2007[2]
CaliforniaCalifornia Dogface ButterflyZerene eurydiceDogfaceStamp.jpg1972
ColoradoColorado Hairstreak ButterflyHypaurotis crysalusColorado Hairstreak, MM.JPG
ConnecticutEuropean mantisMantis religiosaEuropean mantis.png
Delaware7-spotted ladybug
(State Bug)
Coccinella septempunctataBIEDRONA.JPG1974[3]
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
(State Butterfly)
Papilio glaucusPristine Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.jpg1999[4]
GeorgiaEuropean honey bee
(State Insect)
Apis melliferaApis mellifera bi.jpg1975[5]
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
(State Butterfly)
Papilio glaucusPristine Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.jpg1988[6]
FloridaZebra Longwing
(State Butterfly)
Heliconius charitoniusHeliconius charithonia Kaldari 1 cropped.jpg1996[7]
HawaiiKamehameha butterflyVanessa tameameaVanessa tameamea1.jpg2009[8]
IdahoMonarch ButterflyDanaus plexippusMonarch In May.jpg1992[9]
IllinoisMonarch ButterflyDanaus plexippusMonarch In May.jpg1975[10]
KansasEuropean honey beeApis melliferaApis mellifera bi.jpg
KentuckyViceroy ButterflyLimenitis archippusViceroy Butterfly.jpg
LouisianaEuropean honey beeApis melliferaApis mellifera bi.jpg
MaineEuropean honey beeApis melliferaApis mellifera bi.jpg
MarylandBaltimore Checkerspot ButterflyEuphydryas phaetonBaltimoreDS.jpg1973[11]
Massachusetts7-spotted ladybugCoccinella septempunctataBIEDRONA.JPG
MinnesotaMonarch ButterflyDanaus plexippusMonarch In May.jpg2000[12]
MississippiEuropean honey bee
(State Insect)
Apis melliferaApis mellifera bi.jpg1980[13]
Spicebush Swallowtail
(State Butterfly)
Papilio troilusSpicebush Swallowtail in August.jpg1991[13]
MissouriEuropean honey beeApis melliferaApis mellifera bi.jpg
MontanaMourning Cloak ButterflyNymphalis antiopaNymphalis antiopa.jpg
NebraskaEuropean honey beeApis melliferaApis mellifera bi.jpg
New Hampshire7-spotted ladybug
(State Insect)
Coccinella septempunctataBIEDRONA.JPG1977[14]
Karner Blue Butterfly
(State Butterfly)
Lycaeides melissa
(subspecies samuelis)
Lycaeides melissa samuelis (cropped).jpg1992[14]
New JerseyEuropean honey beeApis melliferaApis mellifera bi.jpg
New MexicoTarantula hawk wasp
(State Insect)
Pepsis grossaPepsis formosa02.jpg1989[15]
Sandia Hairstreak Butterfly
(State Butterfly)
Callophrys mcfarlandiCallophrys mcfarlandi 1.jpg2003[16]
New York9-spotted ladybugCoccinella novemnotata1989[17]
North CarolinaEuropean honey bee
(State Insect)
Apis melliferaApis mellifera bi.jpg1973[18]
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
(State Butterfly)
Papilio glaucusPristine Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.jpg2012[19]
North DakotaConvergent lady beetle
(State Insect)
Hippodamia convergensHippodamia convergens 08085.JPG2011[20]
Ohio7-spotted ladybugCoccinella septempunctataBIEDRONA.JPG
OklahomaEuropean honey bee
(State Insect)
Apis melliferaApis mellifera bi.jpg1992[21]
Black Swallowtail Butterfly
(State Butterfly)
Papilio polyxenesPristine Black Swallowtail.jpg1996[21]
OregonOregon Swallowtail ButterflyPapilio oregoniusPapiliooregoniusstamp.jpeg
PennsylvaniaPennsylvania firefly
(State Insect)
Photuris pennsylvanicaPhoturis pennsylvanicus 1665.jpg1974[22]
South CarolinaCarolina mantis
(State Insect)
Stagmomantis carolinaMantis2 6065.jpg1988[23]
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
(State Butterfly)
Papilio glaucusPristine Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.jpg1994[24]
South DakotaEuropean honey beeApis melliferaApis mellifera bi.jpg
TennesseeCommon eastern firefly
(State Insect)
Photinus pyralisPhotinus pyralis Firefly 2.jpg1975[25]
7-spotted ladybug
(State Insect)
Coccinella septempunctataBIEDRONA.JPG1975[25]
European honey bee
(State Agricultural Insect)
Apis melliferaApis mellifera bi.jpg1990[25]
Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly
(State Butterfly)
Eurytides marcellusEurytides marcellus 1 - Desert Botanical Garden.jpg1995[25]
TexasMonarch ButterflyDanaus plexippusMonarch In May.jpg1995[26]
UtahEuropean honey beeApis melliferaApis mellifera bi.jpg1983[27]
VermontEuropean honey bee
(State Insect)
Apis melliferaApis mellifera bi.jpg1978[28]
Monarch Butterfly
(State Butterfly)
Danaus plexippusMonarch In May.jpg1987[29]
VirginiaTiger Swallowtail ButterflyPapilio glaucusPristine Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.jpg
WashingtonGreen Darner DragonflyAnax juniusGreen Darner.jpg1997[30]
West VirginiaEuropean honey bee
(State Insect)
Apis melliferaApis mellifera bi.jpg2002[31]
Monarch Butterfly
(State Butterfly)
Danaus plexippusMonarch In May.jpg1995[32]
WisconsinEuropean honey beeApis melliferaApis mellifera bi.jpg1977[33]
WyomingSheridan's Green HairstreakCallophrys sheridaniiCallophrys sheridanii 15737 (cropped).JPG2009[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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