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Georgia State Butterfly

Tiger Swallowtail Papilio glaucus Adopted: April 4, 1988

The tiger swallowtail butterfly became the official Georgia state butterfly when Governor Joe Frank Harris signed Senate Bill No. 449 on April 4, 1988.

S.B. 449


To amend Article 3 of Chapter 3 of Title 50 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to other state symbols, so as to designate the tiger swallowtail as the official state butterfly; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

WHEREAS, butterflies in their resplendent beauty have fascinated children and adults for ages; and

WHEREAS, the Greeks believed that the butterfly emerging from the chrysalis represented man's metamorphosis from the mortal to the eternal; and

WHEREAS, Mrs. Deen Day Smith, the current President of The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc., was inspired by that same metaphor to donate funds in memory of the late Cecil B. Day to build a butterfly center at Callaway Gardens; and

WHEREAS, the Day Butterfly Center which is scheduled to open the latter part of 1988 will stress the importance of conservation of the land and its plants and animals for the enjoyment of present and future generations; and

WHEREAS, the tiger swallowtail is a beautiful example of the butterfly which is native to the State of Georgia; and

WHEREAS, it is only fitting and proper that the tiger swallowtail be designated as the official state butterfly.


Section 1. Article 3 of Chapter 3 of Title 50 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to other state symbols, is amended by adding a new Code Section 50-3-62 at the end thereof to read as follows:

"50-3-62. The tiger swallowtail is designated as the official Georgia state butterfly."

Section 2. All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.


"Tiger Swallowtail designated as the official state butterfly" Acts and Resolutions of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia. Georgia Secretary of State. Web. 11 Apr 2013.
Georgia Code. The Georgia General Assembly. 2009. 15 Month 2009 <http://www.lexis-nexis.com/hottopics/gacode/default.asp>
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.

Additional Information

State Butterfly: Georgia Secretary of State: State Symbols.

Papilio glaucus: University of Michigan Museum of Zoology: Biodiversity Web.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - Papilio glaucus: NatureWorks from New Hampshire Public Television.

Papilio glaucus: Butterflies and Moths of North America - Occurrence maps, species accounts, checklists, and photographs.

Papilio g. glaucus Linnaeus, 1758: Butterflies of America - Complete Interactive Listing of American Butterflies.

Papilio glaucus: CalPhoto photographs. The Biodiversity Sciences Technology group (BSCIT), a part of the Berkeley Natural History Museums at the University of California, Berkeley.

State butterflies: Complete list of official state butterflies.

More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official Georgia state symbols.

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