Do You Know Your State Insects?

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Did you know that each state has an official state insect? Do you know which belongs to your state?

While most of us can describe our state’s flag and name our state’s bird or flower, very few, if any, have any idea about our state’s insect.

I’m orginally from California, currently living in Arizona. Until now there’s no way I could have told you that California’s state insect is the California Dogface Butterfly. I also would not have been able to tell you that Arizona’s is the Two-Tailed Swallowtail Butterfly.

Interestingly enough, there are a lot of flying insects that belong to all 50 states. Some of the states even share the same bug. Here’s a closer look at all 50 official state insects.

Alabama – Monarch Butterfly

Alaska – Four-Spot Skimmer Dragonfly

Arizona – Two-Tailed Swallowtail Butterfly

Arkansas – Honey Bee

California – California Dogface Butterfly

Colorado – Colorado Hairstreak Butterfly

Connecticut – european Praying Mantis

Delaware – Ladybug

Florida – Unclaimed

Georgia – Honey Bee

Hawaii – Pulelehua Butterfly

Idaho – Monarch Butterfly

Illinois – Monarch Butterfly

Indiana – Unclaimed

Iowa – Unclaimed

Kansas – Honey Bee

Kentuky – Honey Bee

Louisiana – Honey Bee

Maine – Honey Bee

Maryland – Maltimore Checkerspot Butterfly

Massachusetts – Ladybug

Michigan – Unclaimed

Minnesota – Monarch Butterfly

Mississippi – Honey Bee

Missouri – Honey Bee

Montana – Unclaimed

Nebraska – Honey Bee

Nevada – Unclaimed

New Hampshire – Ladybug

New Jersey – Honey Bee

New Mexico – Tarantula Hawk Wasp

North Carolina – Honey Bee

North Dakota – Unclaimed

Ohio – Ladybug Beetle

Oklahoma – Honey Bee

Oregon – Oregon Swallowtail Butterfly

Pennsylvania – Firefly Beetle

Rhode Island – Unclaimed

South Carolina – Carolina Mantid

South Dakota – Honey Bee

Tennessee – Firefly Beetle

Utah – Honey Bee

Vermont – Honey Bee

Virginia – Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Washington – Green Darner Dragonfly

West Virginia – Honey Bee

Wisconsin – Honey Bee

Wyoming – Sheridan’s Green Hairstreak Butterfly

Most popular on the list is the honey bee. It’s hard to tell how serious or technical the legislators from those states were about classifying a particular honey bee because there are seven recognized species of honey bees with 44 subspecies. Maybe we should just assume they were claiming the honeybee in its truest and purest form. Science tells us that members of the Apis genus are only true honey bees.

After a closer look at the dynamics and characteristics of honey bees its understandable to see why so many states have claimed it as their official state insect. Honey bees are hardworking. The work ethic of their hives are enough to impress even the largest companies in the world. Each bee has a specific role within the hive. If needs be, their lives must be lost for the preservation of the hive and the queen.

Some of these state honey bees were claimed early on during statehood and others during more recent years. In the case of Utah, it is also known as the Beehive State to directly represent the work and dedication of a hive. A honey hive even dons the Utah state flag.

It’s understandable that all these state insects are not the same ones for which we hire exterminators. If its recognized as a state symbol, it is thereby protected. Thus, the prettier bugs get the nod on this one.

Steve Bitter is a Marketing Manager with Bulwark Exterminating, based in Mesa, AZ. Bulwark Exterminating is an industry leader in providing high quality pest control service. Bulwark is fully operational in seven states, including eleven major cities. While Bulwark provides pest extermination for common insects such as ants, roaches, crickets and spiders, the companyĆ¢??s differentiating specialty is scorpion control. Bulwark uses the finest and most effective products in the world to solve common pest problems.


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