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An Easy Guide to State Insects and Butterflies

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This guide to state insects and butterflies is easy to use and accurate. Each insect is pictured, with a link to more information. Whether you are a student looking for information for a project, an entomologist in need of information, or just someone curious about the subject, this guide to state insects will be useful.

The State Insect of Alabama: the Monarch Butterfly

The State Insect of Alabama: the Monarch Butterfly

Alabama: Monarch Butterfly

Scientific Name: Danaus plexippus

Date Designated: 1989

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Fun Fact: Both the monarch caterpillar and adult butterfly are protected from predators by the toxic sap of milkweed, the larval food plant.

The State Insect of Alaska: the Four-Spotted Skimmer Dragonfly

The State Insect of Alaska: the Four-Spotted Skimmer Dragonfly

Alaska: Four-Spotted Skimmer Dragonfly

Scientific Name: Libellula quadrimaculata

Date Designated: 1995

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Fun Fact: Dragonflies like the four-spotted skimmer catch and eat their prey in mid-air.

The State Insect of Arizona: the Two-Tailed Swallowtail

The State Insect of Arizona: the Two-Tailed Swallowtail

Arizona: Two-Tailed Swallowtail

Scientific Name: Papilio multicaudata

Date Designated: 2001

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Fun Fact: This butterfly only lives in desert areas.

The State Insect of Arkansas: the European Honeybee

The State Insect of Arkansas: the European Honeybee

The State Butterfly of Arkansas: the Diana Fritillary

The State Butterfly of Arkansas: the Diana Fritillary

Arkansas: European Honey Bee, Diana Fritillary

European Honey Bee (State Insect)

Scientific Name: Apis mellifera

Date Designated: 1973

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Diana Fritillary Butterfly (State Butterfly)

Scientific Name: Speyeria diana

Date Designated: 2007

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The State Insect of California: the California Dogface Butterfly

The State Insect of California: the California Dogface Butterfly

California: California Dogface Butterfly

Scientific Name: Zerene eurydice

Date Designated: 1972

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Fun Fact: This butterfly gets its common name from the "dog face" shape on its upper wings.

The State Insect of Colorado: the Colorado Hairstreak

The State Insect of Colorado: the Colorado Hairstreak

Colorado: Colorado Hairstreak Butterfly

Scientific Name: Hypaurotis crysalus

Date Designated: 1972

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Fun Fact: This butterfly is seldom found far from it's food plant, the gambel oak tree.

The State Insect of Connecticut: the European Mantis

The State Insect of Connecticut: the European Mantis

Connecticut: European Mantis

Scientific Name: Mantis religiosa

Date Designated: 1972

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Fun Fact: Mantises have been kept as pets in parts of Asia for thousands of years.

The State Insect of Delaware: the 7-Spotted Ladybug

The State Insect of Delaware: the 7-Spotted Ladybug

The State Butterfly of Delaware: the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

The State Butterfly of Delaware: the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Delaware: 7-Spotted Ladybug, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

7-Spotted Ladybug (State Insect)

Scientific Name: Coccinella septempunctata

Date Designated: 1974

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (State Butterfly)

Scientific Name: Papilio glaucus

Date Designated: 1999

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The State Insect of Georgia: the European Honey Bee

The State Insect of Georgia: the European Honey Bee

The State Butterfly of Georgia: the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

The State Butterfly of Georgia: the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Georgia: European Honey Bee, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

European Honey Bee (State Insect)

Scientific Name: Apis mellifera

Date Designated: 1973

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (State Butterfly)

Scientific Name: Papilio glaucus

Date Designated: 1988

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The State Insect of Florida: the Zebra Longwing

The State Insect of Florida: the Zebra Longwing

Florida: Zebra Longwing Butterfly

Scientific Name: Heliconius charitonius

Date Designated: 1996

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Fun Fact: The zebra longwing is a tropical insect found from Florida all the way to South America.

The State Insect of Hawaii: the Kamehameha Butterfly

The State Insect of Hawaii: the Kamehameha Butterfly

Hawaii: Kamehameha Butterfly

Scientific Name: Vanessa tameamea

Date Designated: 2009

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Fun Fact: This insect is named after on of Hawaii's legendary rulers, King Kamehameha.

The State Insect of Idaho: the Monarch Butterfly

The State Insect of Idaho: the Monarch Butterfly

Idaho: Monarch Butterfly

Scientific Name: Danaus plexippus

Date Designated: 1992

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Fun Fact: Monarchs are one of the world's most famous examples of butterfly migration.

The State Insect of Illinois: the Monarch Butterfly

The State Insect of Illinois: the Monarch Butterfly

Illinois: Monarch Butterfly

Scientific Name: Danaus plexippus

Date Designated: 1975

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Fun Fact: The monarch gets its common name partly due to the fact that the white-on-black edging of the wings resembles the sable robes worn by kings.

The State Insect of Kansas; the European Honey Bee

The State Insect of Kansas; the European Honey Bee

Kansas: European Honey Bee

Scientific Name: Apis mellifera

Date Designated: 1976

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Fun Fact: European honeybees are the most successfully "domesticated" insect in the world. Others include silkworms and ladybugs.

The State Insect of Kentucky: the Viceroy Butterfly

The State Insect of Kentucky: the Viceroy Butterfly

Kentucky: Viceroy Butterfly

Scientific Name: Limenitis archippus

Date Designated: 1990

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Fun Fact: The viceroy is a near-perfect mimic of the monarch butterfly. Both are protected by having toxic chemicals in their tissues.

The State Insect of Louisiana: the European Honey Bee

The State Insect of Louisiana: the European Honey Bee

Louisiana: European Honey Bee

Scientific Name: Apis mellifera

Date Designated: 1977

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The State Insect of Maine: the European Honey Bee

The State Insect of Maine: the European Honey Bee

Maine: European Honey Bee

Scientific Name: Apis mellifera

Date Designated: 1975

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The State Insect of Maryland: the Baltimore Checkerspot

The State Insect of Maryland: the Baltimore Checkerspot

Maryland: Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly

Scientific Name: Euphydryas phaeton

Date Designated: 1973

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Fun Fact: The Baltimore checkerspot gets its name due to its orange and black colors, which are the same as the family crest of Maryland's founding family.

The State Insect of Massachusetts: the 7-Spotted Ladybug

The State Insect of Massachusetts: the 7-Spotted Ladybug

Massachusetts: 7-Spotted Ladybug

Scientific Name: Coccinella septempunctata

Date Designated: 1974

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The State Insect of Minnesota: the Monarch Butterfly

The State Insect of Minnesota: the Monarch Butterfly

Minnesota: Monarch Butterfly

Scientific Name: Danaus plexippus

Date Designated: 2000

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The State Insect of Mississippi: the European Honey Bee

The State Insect of Mississippi: the European Honey Bee

The State Insect of Mississippi: the Spicebush Swallowtail

The State Insect of Mississippi: the Spicebush Swallowtail

Mississippi: European Honey Bee, Spicebush Swallowtail

European Honey Bee (State Insect)

Scientific Name: Apis mellifera

Date Designated: 1980

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Spicebush Swallowtail (State Butterfly)

Scientific Name: Papilio troilus

Date Designated: 1991

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Fun Fact: This butterfly is sometimes confused with other swallowtails, but the green coloring on the male is unique.

The State Insect of Missouri: the European Honey Bee

The State Insect of Missouri: the European Honey Bee

Missouri: European Honey Bee

Scientific Name: Apis mellifera

Date Designated: 1985

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The State Insect of Montana: the Mourning Cloak Butterfly

The State Insect of Montana: the Mourning Cloak Butterfly

Montana: Mourning Cloak Butterfly

Scientific Name: Nymphalis antiopa

Date Designated: 2001

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Fun Fact: This butterfly is a rare prize for naturalists in England, where it is known as "The Camberwell Beauty."

The State Insect of Nebraska: the European Honey Bee

The State Insect of Nebraska: the European Honey Bee

Nebraska: European Honey Bee

Scientific Name: Apis mellifera

Date Designated: 1975

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The State Insect of Nevada: the Vivid Dancer Damselfly

The State Insect of Nevada: the Vivid Dancer Damselfly

Nevada: Vivid Dancer Damselfly

Scientific Name: Argia vivida

Date Designated: 2009

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Fun Fact: Damselflies can be told from dragonflies by the way they hold their wings up over their back -- dragonflies hold their wings spread out flat.

The State Insect of New Hampshire: 7-Spotted Ladybug

The State Insect of New Hampshire: 7-Spotted Ladybug

The State Butterfly of New Hampshire: the Karner Blue

The State Butterfly of New Hampshire: the Karner Blue

New Hampshire: 7-Spotted Ladybug, Karner Blue Butterfly

7-Spotted Ladybug (State Insect)

Scientific Name: Coccinella septempunctata

Date Designated: 1977

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Karner Blue (State Butterfly)

Scientific Name: Lycaeides melissa samuelis

Date Designated: 1992

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The State Insect of New Jersey: the European Honey Bee

The State Insect of New Jersey: the European Honey Bee

New Jersey: European Honey Bee

Scientific Name: Apis mellifera

Date Designated: 1974

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The State Insect of New Mexico: the Tarantula Hawk Wasp

The State Insect of New Mexico: the Tarantula Hawk Wasp

The State Butterfly of New Mexico: the Sandia Hairstreak

The State Butterfly of New Mexico: the Sandia Hairstreak

New Mexico: Tarantula Hawk Wasp, Sandia Hairstreak Butterfly

Tarantula Hawk Wasp (State Insect)

Scientific Name: Pepsis formosa

Date Designated: 1989

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Sandia Hairstreak (State Butterfly)

Scientific Name: Callophrys mcfarlandi

Date Designated: 2003

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The State Insect of New York: the 9-Spotted Ladybug

The State Insect of New York: the 9-Spotted Ladybug

New York: 9-Spotted Ladybug

Scientific Name: Coccinella novemnotata

Date Designated: 1989

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North Carolina: European Honey Bee

North Carolina: European Honey Bee

The State Insect of North Carolina: the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

The State Insect of North Carolina: the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

North Carolina: European Honey Bee, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

European Honey Bee (State Insect)

Scientific Name: Apis mellifera

Date Designated: 1973

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (State Butterfly)

Scientific Name: Papilio glaucus

Date Designated: 2012

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The State Insect of Ohio: the 7-Spotted Ladybug

The State Insect of Ohio: the 7-Spotted Ladybug

Ohio: 7-Spotted Ladybug

Scientific Name: Coccinella septempunctata

Date Designated: 1975

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The State Insect of Oklahoma: the European Honey Bee

The State Insect of Oklahoma: the European Honey Bee

The State Butterfly of Oklahoma: the Black Swallowtail

The State Butterfly of Oklahoma: the Black Swallowtail

Oklahoma: European Honey Bee, Black Swallowtail

European Honey Bee (State Insect)

Scientific Name: Apis mellifera

Date Designated: 1992

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Black Swallowtail (State Butterfly)

Scientific Name: Papilio polyxenes

Date Designated: 1996

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The State Insect of Oregon: the Oregon Swallowtail

The State Insect of Oregon: the Oregon Swallowtail

Oregon: Oregon Swallowtail Butterfly

Scientific Name: Papilio oregonius

Date Designated: 1996

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The State Insect of Pennsylvania: the Pennsylvania firefly

The State Insect of Pennsylvania: the Pennsylvania firefly

Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Firefly

Scientific Name: Photuris pennsylvanica

Date Designated: 1974

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The State Insect of Rhode Island: the American Burying Beetle

The State Insect of Rhode Island: the American Burying Beetle

Rhode Island: American Burying Beetle

Scientific Name: Nicrophorus americanus

Date Designated: 2015

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The State Insect of South Carolina: the Carolina Mantis

The State Insect of South Carolina: the Carolina Mantis

The State Insect of South Carolina: the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

The State Insect of South Carolina: the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

South Carolina: Carolina Mantis, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Carolina Mantis (State Insect)

Scientific Name: Stagmomantis carolina

Date Designated: 1988

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (State Butterfly)

Scientific Name: Papilio glaucus

Date Designated: 1994

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The State Insect of South Dakota: the European Honey Bee

The State Insect of South Dakota: the European Honey Bee

South Dakota: European Honey Bee

Scientific Name: Apis mellifera

Date Designated: 1978

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The State Insect of Tennessee: Common Eastern Firefly

The State Insect of Tennessee: Common Eastern Firefly

The State Insect of Tennessee: the 7-Spotted Ladybug

The State Insect of Tennessee: the 7-Spotted Ladybug

The State Agricultural Insect of Tennessee: the European Honeybee

The State Agricultural Insect of Tennessee: the European Honeybee

The State Butterfly of Tennessee: the Zebra Swallowtail

The State Butterfly of Tennessee: the Zebra Swallowtail

Tennessee: Common Eastern Firefly, 7-Spotted Ladybug, European Honeybee, Zebra Swallowtail

Common Eastern Firefly (State Insect)

Scientific Name: Photinus pyralis

Date Designated: 1975

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7-Spotted Ladybug (State Insect)

Scientific Name: Coccinella septempunctata

Date Designated: 1975

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European Honeybee (State Agricultural Insect)

Scientific Name: Apis mellifera

Date Designated: 1990

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Zebra Swallowtail (State Buttefly)

Scientific Name: Protographium marcellus

Date Designated: 1995

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The State Insect of Texas: the Monarch Butterfly

The State Insect of Texas: the Monarch Butterfly

Texas: Monarch Butterfly

Scientific Name: Danaus plexippus

Date Designated: 1995

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The State Insect of Utah: the European Honey Bee

The State Insect of Utah: the European Honey Bee

Utah: European Honey Bee

Scientific Name: Apis mellifera

Date Designated: 1983

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The State Insect of Vermont: The European Honey Bee

The State Insect of Vermont: The European Honey Bee

The State Butterfly of Vermont: The Monarch

The State Butterfly of Vermont: The Monarch

Vermont: European Honey Bee, Monarch Butterfly

European Honey Bee (State Insect)

Scientific Name: Apis mellifera

Date Designated: 1978

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Monarch (State Butterfly)

Scientific Name: Danaus plexippus

Date Designated: 1987

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The State Insect of Virginia: The Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

The State Insect of Virginia: The Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Virginia: Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Scientific Name: Papilio glaucus

Date Designated: 1994

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The State Insect of Washington: The Green Darner Dragonfly

The State Insect of Washington: The Green Darner Dragonfly

Washington: Green Darner Dragonfly

Scientific Name: Anax junius

Date Designated: 1997

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The State Insect of West Virginia: The European Honey Bee

The State Insect of West Virginia: The European Honey Bee

The State Butterfly of West Virginia: The Monarch

The State Butterfly of West Virginia: The Monarch

West Virginia: European Honey Bee, Monarch Butterfly

European Honey Bee (State Insect)

Scientific Name: Apis mellifera

Date Designated: 2002

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Monarch (State Butterfly)

Scientific Name: Danaus plexippus

Date Designated: 1995

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The State Insect of Wisconsin: The European Honey Bee

The State Insect of Wisconsin: The European Honey Bee

Wisconsin: European Honey Bee

Scientific Name: Apis mellifera

Date Designated: 1977

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The State Butterfly of Wyoming: Sheridan's Green Hairstreak

The State Butterfly of Wyoming: Sheridan's Green Hairstreak

Wyoming: Sheridan's Green Hairstreak Butterfly

Scientific Name: Callophrys sheridanii

Date Designated: 2009

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