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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 ladybug).

Contents

  • Table 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Table

State State insect Binomial
nomenclature
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 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]
Georgia European honey bee
(State Insect)
Apis mellifera 1975[5]
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
(State Butterfly)
Papilio glaucus 1988[6]
Florida Zebra Longwing
(State Butterfly)
Heliconius charitonius 1996[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
New Hampshire 7-spotted ladybug
(State Insect)
Coccinella septempunctata 1977[14]
Karner Blue Butterfly
(State Butterfly)
Lycaeides melissa
(subspecies samuelis)
1992[14]
New Jersey European honey bee Apis mellifera
New Mexico Tarantula hawk wasp
(State Insect)
Pepsis grossa 1989[15]
Sandia Hairstreak Butterfly
(State Butterfly)
Callophrys mcfarlandi 2003[16]
New York 9-spotted ladybug Coccinella novemnotata 1989[17]
North Carolina European honey bee
(State Insect)
Apis mellifera 1973[18]
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
(State Butterfly)
Papilio glaucus 2012[19]
North Dakota Convergent lady beetle
(State Insect)
Hippodamia convergens 2011[20]
Ohio 7-spotted ladybug Coccinella septempunctata 1975
Oklahoma European honey bee
(State Insect)
Apis mellifera 1992[21]
Black Swallowtail Butterfly
(State Butterfly)
Papilio polyxenes 1996[21]
Oregon Oregon Swallowtail Butterfly Papilio oregonius
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania firefly
(State Insect)
Photuris pennsylvanica 1974[22]
Rhode Island American Burying Beetle Nicrophorus americanus 2015[23]
South Carolina Carolina mantis
(State Insect)
Stagmomantis carolina 1988[24]
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
(State Butterfly)
Papilio glaucus 1994[25]
South Dakota European honey bee Apis mellifera 1978[26]
Tennessee Common eastern firefly
(State Insect)
Photinus pyralis 1975[27]
7-spotted ladybug
(State Insect)
Coccinella septempunctata 1975[27]
European honey bee
(State Agricultural Insect)
Apis mellifera 1990[27]
Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly
(State Butterfly)
Eurytides marcellus 1995[27]
Texas Monarch Butterfly Danaus plexippus 1995[28]
Utah European honey bee Apis mellifera 1983[29]
Vermont European honey bee
(State Insect)
Apis mellifera 1978[30]
Monarch Butterfly
(State Butterfly)
Danaus plexippus 1987[31]
Virginia Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Papilio glaucus
Washington Green Darner Dragonfly Anax junius 1997[32]
West Virginia European honey bee
(State Insect)
Apis mellifera 2002[33]
Monarch Butterfly
(State Butterfly)
Danaus plexippus 1995[34]
Wisconsin European honey bee Apis mellifera 1977[35]
Wyoming Sheridan's Green Hairstreak Callophrys sheridanii 2009[36]

See also

References

  1. ^
  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. ^
  9. ^
  10. ^
  11. ^ Marylands Kids Page - State Symbols
  12. ^
  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. ^
  19. ^ State butterfly: Eastern tiger swallowtail (NCpedia)
  20. ^ State Insect ND.gov
  21. ^ a b Oklahoma Almanac, State Emblems (pp. 37-40)
  22. ^
  23. ^
  24. ^
  25. ^ The State Butterfly, South Carolina Legislature Online. Retrieved 2008-03-29
  26. ^
  27. ^ a b c d State Symbols, Tennessee Department of State. Retrieved 2008-03-29
  28. ^
  29. ^ Utah State Insect - Honey Bee from pioneer.utah.gov "Pioneer: Utah's Online Library" page. Retrieved on 2008-09-08
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  33. ^ Page 21 (547).
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