Bet you didn't know each state in America has designated a specific insect to be their official state insect — at least I didn't know that!

Did you know Idaho has a state insect? Do you know what it is?

Today, we're going to reveal Idaho's state insect and learn whether or not it's an "eww gross" kind of insect or a beautiful one — what do you think? Let's find out!

But first, why do states choose a state insect in the first place?

Similarly as to why there are state flags, state birds, and a variety of other state symbols, showcasing the different insects in each state is just another way to show the natural diversity and ecological importance of each state. These insects can embody cultural or historical significance or have distinctive attributes that resonate with the state's residents.

What is Idaho's State Insect?

Photo by Joshua J. Cotten on Unsplash
Photo by Joshua J. Cotten on Unsplash

The Monarch Butterfly

Beautiful! Let's be very grateful we have a more rare and beautiful state insect in Idaho. For example, some other states have bees, mantis, and beetles for their state insects. Also, Idaho shares the Monarch Butterfly with 6 others states (Alabama, Illinois, Minnesonta, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia), and it's still much more rare than the honey bee — which is the state insect for 17 other states.

Photo by Meritt Thomas on Unsplash
Photo by Meritt Thomas on Unsplash

Here are 3 cool facts about the Monarch Butterfly...

(1) These butterflies travel thousands of miles across a lot of states and even to Mexico, but they always make their way back to Idaho for Spring.

(2) Idaho's diverse landscape (i.e. meadows, forests, milkweed plants) provides a vital habitat for these butterflies — and milkweed is what Monarch caterpillars eat before they eventually become butterflies!

(3) Idaho has taken steps to conserve and protect these iconic insects — creating butterfly-friendly habitats, planting more milkweed, and promoting public awareness to ensure the preservation of these special Monarch butterflies.

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