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Official State Insects


Just like trees and birds, most states in America also have official State Insects.


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It may come as a surprise to some but states actually adopt official 'state insects' as part of their identity. In the same way that states name official trees and birds, they also take on a special connection with a particular species (or multiple in some cases) of insect. The state of California became the first to formally select a 'state insect', this occurring in 1929 and becoming the Dogface Butterfly.

The most popular choice appears to be the hard-working Honey Bee followed by the beautiful and common Monarch Butterfly. Other states think 'outside the box' and have selected entries like the ferocious Tarantula Hawk Wasp (New Mexico) or the inquisitive Carolina Mantid (South Carolina).

NOTE: Iowa, Michigan, and the District of Columbia DO NOT name official state insects. Some states like Mississippi and New Hampshire name two. The state of Tennessee names new fewer than three official insects.
A - ALABAMA
Detailed color picture of an adult Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly
A - ALASKA
Detailed color picture of an adult Four-spotted Skimmer Dragonfly
Four-spotted Skimmer Dragonfly
A - ARIZONA
Detailed color picture of an adult Two-tailed Swallowtail butterfly
Two-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly
A - ARKANSAS
Detailed color picture of an adult Hony Bee
Honey Bee
C - CALIFORNIA
Detailed color picture of an adult California Dogface Butterfly
California Dogface Butterfly
C - COLORADO
Detailed color picture of an adult Colorado Hairstreak butterfly
Colorado Hairstreak
C - CONNECTICUTT
Detailed color picture of an adult European Mantis insect
European Mantis
D - DELAWARE
Detailed color picture of an adult Convergent Ladybug
Convergent Ladybug / Tiger Swallowtail
F - FLORIDA
Detailed color picture of an adult Zebra Longwing butterfly insect
Zebra Longwing Butterfly
G - GEORGIA
Detailed color picture of an adult Honey Bee
European Honey Bee
H - HAWAII
Detailed color picture of an adult Kamehameha butterfly insect
Kamehameha Butterfly
I - IDAHO
Detailed color picture of an adult Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly
I - ILLINOIS
Detailed color picture of an adult Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly
I - INDIANA
Detailed color picture of an adult Say's Firefly insect
Say's Firefly
K - KANSAS
Detailed color picture of an adult European Honeybee insect
European Honey Bee
K - KENTUCKY
Detailed color picture of an adult European Honeybee insect
European Honey Bee
L - LOUISIANA
Detailed color picture of an adult European Honeybee insect
European Honey Bee
M - MAINE
Detailed color picture of an adult European Honeybee insect
European Honey Bee
M - MARYLAND
Detailed color picture of an adult Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly insect
Baltimore Checkerspot Insect
M - MASSACHUSETTS
Detailed color picture of an adult Ladybug Beetle insect
Ladybug Beetle
M - MINNESOTA
Detailed color picture of an adult Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly
M - MISSISSIPPI
Detailed color picture of an adult Honey Bee
Honey Bee / Spicebush Swallowtail
M - MISSOURI
Detailed color picture of an adult Honey Bee
Honey Bee
M - MONTANA
Detailed color picture of an adult Mourning Cloak insect
Mourning Cloak
N - NEBRASKA
Detailed color picture of an adult Honey Bee
Honey Bee
N - NEVADA
Detailed color picture of an adult Vivid Dancer Damselfly
Vivid Dancer Damselfly
N - NEW HAMPSHIRE
Detailed color picture of an adult Two-spotte Ladybug Beetle
Two-spotted Ladybug / Karner Blue Butterfly
N - NEW JERSEY
Detailed color picture of an adult Honey Bee
Honey Bee
N - NEW MEXICO
Detailed color picture of an adult Tarantula Hawk Wasp
Tarantula Hawk Wasp
N - NEW YORK
Detailed color picture of an adult Nine-spotted ladybird beetle
Nine-spotted Ladybird Beetle
N - NORTH CAROLINA
Detailed color picture of an adult Honey Bee
Honey Bee
N - NORTH DAKOTA
Detailed color picture of an adult Convergent Lady Beetle
Convergent Lady Beetle
O - OHIO
Detailed color picture of an adult Ladybug Beetle
Ladybug Beetle
O - OKLAHOMA
Detailed color picture of an adult Honey Bee
Honey Bee / Black Swallowtail
O - OREGON
Detailed color picture of an adult Oregon Swallowtail Butterfly
Oregon Swallowtail Butterfly
P - PENNSYLVANIA
Detailed color picture of an adult Firefly Beetle
Firefly
R - Rhode Island
Detailed color picture of an adult American Burying Beetle insect
American Burying Beetle
S - SOUTH CAROLINA
Detailed color picture of an adult Carolina Mantid
Carolina Mantid / Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
S - SOUTH DAKOTA
Detailed color picture of an adult Honeybee insect
Honey Bee
T - TENNESSEE
Detailed color picture of an adult Firefly Beetle insect
Firefly, Ladybug, and Zebra Swallowtail
T - TEXAS
Detailed color picture of an adult Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly
U - UTAH
Detailed color picture of an adult Honeybee insect
Honey Bee
V - VERMONT
Detailed color picture of an adult Honeybee insect
Honey Bee / Monarch Butterfly
V - VIRGINIA
Detailed color picture of an adult Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly insect
Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
WASHINGTON
Detailed color picture of an adult Green Darner Dragonfly insect
Green Darner Dragonfly
W - WEST VIRGINIA
Detailed color picture of an adult Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly
W - WISCONSIN
Detailed color picture of an adult Honeybee insect
Honey Bee
W - WYOMING
Detailed color picture of an adult Sheridan's Green Hairstreak Butterfly
Sheridan's Green Hairstreak

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