The state insect of Illinois has been monarch butterfly for 40 years, however now Hoosier state Rep Kevin Mahan wants it to be a symbol of Indiana.
Starting on January 5th, lawmakers will convene their 10-week session where Mahan will propose the General Assembly to declare the monarch Indiana’s state butterfly.
Both states identify the cardinal as their state bird, so this would not be the first state symbol to be shared by both Indiana and Illinois. In time for the states 200th birthday, Indiana may also be getting its own state insect. As recommended by students at Cumberland Elementary School is West Lafayette, the state is planning to propose the firefly as its state insect.
What is your states symbol?