What butterfly holds top honors as the most popular among the 50 states? If you guessed that it was Oklahoma's black swallowtail butterfly you would be wrong. If you found that it was the tiger swallowtail, you would be right. Five states have adopted the tiger swallowtail as their official state butterfly. Virginia adopted the tiger swallowtail as their official state insect.
A close second, the monarch butterfly makes a strong showing with three states claiming this popular insect as their official state butterfly. Alabama, Idaho, Illinois, and Texas have adopted the monarch butterfly as their official state insect.
Each of the other official state butterflies is unique to only one state.
29 butterflies have been adopted by the states as official. 19 have been adopted as "butterflies." Another ten states have adopted butterflies as official state "insects." Those butterflies, adopted as insects, are listed on the State Insects page and the "Insects" only page.
by Laurence Mound. 72 pages. Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc. (June 25, 2007) Reading level: Ages 8+.
Full-color photos. "Sure to attract browsers and students researching assignments, Insect explores the anatomy, behavior, and ecology of those creatures, with a heavy emphasis on popular species. Each double-page spread consists of concise, yet lively and readable text and numerous excellent-quality captioned photos, drawings, and diagrams." --School Library Journal
The monarch butterfly, one of the most seemingly delicate of all of nature’s animals, proves to be one of the toughest in this reader. Making the yearly trip from the Northern United States and Canada to the Oyamel forest of Mexico is no easy task, and it takes five generations of butterflies in order to do so. Battling cold temperatures and the threat of starvation, these beautiful insects complete an almost 3,000 mile journey over the course of two months, only to have to turn and around and head back home.
Filled with succinct descriptions and dazzling photographs, the National Audubon Society Pocket Guide to Familiar Butterflies of North America is designed to be compact enough for nature-lovers to easily bring along when observing butterflies. This streamlined volume contains: a simple field guide identifying 80 of the most widespread butterflies in North America and a complete overview of observing butterflies, covering basic identifying field marks and practical tips for observing and distinguishing different butterflies.
This pocket guide is packed with information; bright photographs capturing the butterflies perched with their wings spread and closed; specific descriptions of each species' important identifying characteristics, life cycle, habitat and range, line drawings depicting the basic butterfly anatomy, a description of major butterfly groups and a glossary of technical terms.