Today's read- State Insects

Andy Deans over at the NCSU insect blog surveys the madness of state insects.

Arizona is thankfully immune to the bizarre tendency of states to pick imported species, as if the tens of thousands of naturally-occurring species weren't quite good enough.  Ours is the two-tailed swallowtail (photo by Jeffrey Glassberg):

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In general, I think this trend toward having an official state everything has gone too far. Don't state legislatures have better things to do? Still, if we are going to have all manner of state flora and fauna, legislators should stick to native species .

Sign me,

A resident of one of the many honeybee states.