Alabama Symbols, Emblems, and Honors

for Kids

Official Alabama Insect

Monarch Butterfly


Photo of monarch butterfly


Photograph from: Alabama Conservation Magazine


The Monarch Butterfly is a native butterfly that is well known in Alabama. In 1989 the legislature made the Monarch Butterfly the state insect. The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail was named the official butterfly of Alabama a few days before the monarch became the state insect. The legislation noted that the Alabama Garden Clubs named April 16th as the official Save the Butterfly Day. It also recognized the annual migration of the monarch and the need to protect the environment.


Click here for a picture of the state insect that you can color.


For more information see:





Act 89-935, Acts of Alabama, May 19, 1989

Alabama Conservation Magazine, Spring, 1995


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Updated: January 22, 2010