Don't bug out when you see what your state insect is.
You most likely knew that your state had an official bird, but did you know that it had an official insect too? It's true! According to Smithsonian, California was the first state to adopt a state insect back in 1929. So unless you live in Iowa or Michigan, the two states who haven’t outwardly declared their love for bugs, your home state has one creepy crawly that is tops.
A lot of states chose the same common insect as their mascot, monarch butterflies and honey bees in particular seem to be super popular. But some states are completely original in their choices and even have insects that are named after their region. And if you are squeamish, don't worry, most are totally harmless (and not nightmare-inducing like murder hornets or zombie cicadas), most are even helpful to the environment, and some are just straight up beautiful butterflies. And there area few states that have really gone all in on the bug front. One even declared two official insects, an official butterfly, and an official agricultural insect. One even has a state macro invertebrate! Can you imagine the legislation involve in that? That's a whole lot of love for bugs. Curious about what creepy crawler represents your home state? Read on.