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State Insects and Butterflies: Lessons for Teachers and Students

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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, a teacher looking for project ideas, 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 4-Spotted Skimmer Dragonfly

The State Insect of Alaska: the 4-Spotted Skimmer Dragonfly

Alaska: 4-Spotted Skimmer Dragonfly

Scientific Name: Libellula quadrimaculata

Date Designated: 1995

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Fun Fact: Dragonflies like the 4-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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Fun Fact: The Sandia hairstreak was discovered in the 1950's by a college student who was out collecting butterflies in the desert.

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 Butterfly)

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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Thank You for Using This Guide to State Insects!

As a middle-school teacher myself, I hope you found this guide to state insects and butterflies useful. Please leave a comment if we missed anything, or you have any suggestions.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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