Posted on February 04, 2015
Article from Des Moines Register...
Does Iowa need a state butterfly, and should it be the regal fritillary?
That's a policy question fluttering in the 2015 Iowa Legislature. Resolutions have been introduced in the House and Senate to declare the rich reddish-orange and black insect as the official butterfly of the state of Iowa.
Iowa is one of only four states without a state butterfly or a state insect. Supporters of the regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia) say it's one of North America's most striking butterflies, with a wingspan that can exceed 4 inches. It's found statewide, which means many Iowans can see it flying in summer and early fall in native prairie habitats.
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Resolutions have been introduced in the House and Senate to declare the regal fritillary, a rich reddish-orange and black insect, as the official butterfly of the state of Iowa.(Photo: University of Connecticut)