List of U.S. state insects

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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 ladybird), each having been chosen by multiple states.

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The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country comprising 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico. The State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U.S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The extremely diverse geography, climate, and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.

North America Continent entirely within the Northern Hemisphere and almost all within the Western Hemisphere

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Europe Continent in the Northern Hemisphere and mostly in the Eastern Hemisphere

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Table

StateState insect Binomial
name
ImageYear
Alabama Monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus Monarch In May.jpg 1989 [1]
Alaska Four-spotted skimmer dragonfly Libellula quadrimaculata Libellula quadrimaculata - Vierflecklibelle.jpg
Arizona Two-tailed swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio multicaudata Papilio multicaudata.jpg
Arkansas European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1973 [2]
Diana fritillary butterfly
(state butterfly)
Speyeria diana Male Diana Fritillary Megan McCarty27.jpg 2007 [2]
California California dogface butterfly

(state butterfly)

Zerene eurydice DogfaceStamp.jpg 1972
Colorado Colorado hairstreak butterfly Hypaurotis crysalus Colorado Hairstreak, MM.JPG 1996
Connecticut European mantis Mantis religiosa European mantis.png
Delaware 7-spotted ladybug
(state bug)
Coccinella septempunctata BIEDRONA.JPG 1974 [3]
Eastern tiger swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio glaucus Pristine Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.jpg 1999 [4]
Florida Zebra longwing
(state butterfly)
Heliconius charitonius Heliconius charithonia Kaldari 1 cropped.jpg 1996 [5]
Georgia European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1975 [6]
Eastern tiger swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio glaucus Pristine Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.jpg 1988 [7]
Hawaii Kamehameha butterfly Vanessa tameamea Vanessa tameamea1.jpg 2009 [8]
Idaho Monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus Monarch In May.jpg 1992 [9]
Illinois Monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus Monarch In May.jpg 1975 [10]
Indiana Say's firefly Pyractomena angulata Firefly composite.jpg 2018 [11]
Kansas European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg
Kentucky Viceroy butterfly Limenitis archippus Viceroy Butterfly.jpg
Louisiana European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg
Maine European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg
Maryland Baltimore checkerspot butterfly Euphydryas phaeton BaltimoreDS.jpg 1973 [12]
Massachusetts 7-spotted ladybug Coccinella septempunctata BIEDRONA.JPG
Minnesota Monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus Monarch In May.jpg 2000 [13]
Mississippi European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1980 [14]
Spicebush swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio troilus Spicebush Swallowtail in August.jpg 1991 [14]
Missouri European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg
Montana Mourning cloak butterfly Nymphalis antiopa Nymphalis antiopa.jpg
Nebraska European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg
Nevada Vivid Dancer Argia vivida Vivid Dancer - Argia vivida, Packer Lake, California.jpg 2009 [15]
New Hampshire 7-spotted ladybug
(state insect)
Coccinella septempunctata BIEDRONA.JPG 1977 [16]
Karner blue butterfly
(state butterfly)
Lycaeides melissa
(subspecies samuelis)
Lycaeides melissa samuelis (cropped).jpg 1992 [16]
New Jersey European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg
New Mexico Tarantula hawk wasp
(state insect)
Pepsis grossa Pepsis formosa02.jpg 1989 [17]
Sandia hairstreak butterfly
(state butterfly)
Callophrys mcfarlandi Callophrys mcfarlandi 1.jpg 2003 [18]
New York 9-spotted ladybug Coccinella novemnotata Coccinella novemnotata 1.jpg 1989 [19]
North Carolina European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1973 [20]
Eastern tiger swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio glaucus Pristine Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.jpg 2012 [21]
North Dakota Convergent lady beetle
(state insect)
Hippodamia convergens Hippodamia convergens 08085.JPG 2011 [22]
Ohio 7-spotted ladybug Coccinella septempunctata BIEDRONA.JPG 1975
Oklahoma European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1992 [23]
Black swallowtail butterfly
(state butterfly)
Papilio polyxenes Pristine Black Swallowtail.jpg 1996 [23]
Oregon Oregon swallowtail butterflyPapilio oregonius Papiliooregoniusstamp.jpeg
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania firefly
(state insect)
Photuris pennsylvanica Photuris pennsylvanicus 1665.jpg 1974 [24]
Rhode Island American burying beetle Nicrophorus americanus Nicrophorus americanus - Sankt-Peterburg.jpg 2015 [25]
South Carolina Carolina mantis
(state insect)
Stagmomantis carolina Mantis2 6065.jpg 1988 [26]
Eastern tiger swallowtail
(state butterfly)
Papilio glaucus Pristine Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.jpg 1994 [27]
South Dakota European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1978 [28]
Tennessee Common eastern firefly
(state insect)
Photinus pyralis Photinus pyralis Firefly 2.jpg 1975 [29]
7-spotted ladybug
(state insect)
Coccinella septempunctata BIEDRONA.JPG 1975 [29]
European honey bee
(state agricultural insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1990 [29]
Zebra swallowtail butterfly
(state butterfly)
Eurytides marcellus Eurytides marcellus 1 - Desert Botanical Garden.jpg 1995 [29]
Texas Monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus Monarch In May.jpg 1995 [30]
Utah European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1883 [31]
Vermont European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1978 [32]
Monarch butterfly
(state butterfly)
Danaus plexippus Monarch In May.jpg 1987 [33]
Virginia Eastern tiger swallowtail Papilio glaucus Pristine Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.jpg
Washington Green darner dragonfly Anax junius Green Darner.jpg 1997 [34]
West Virginia European honey bee
(state insect)
Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 2002 [35]
Monarch butterfly
(state butterfly)
Danaus plexippus Monarch In May.jpg 1995 [36]
Wisconsin European honey bee Apis mellifera Apis mellifera bi.jpg 1977 [37]
Wyoming Sheridan's green hairstreak Callophrys sheridanii Callophrys sheridanii 15737 (cropped).JPG 2009 [38]

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