Alabama Symbols, Emblems, and Honors
Official Alabama Mascot and Butterfly
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail became the Alabama state mascot and butterfly in 1989 at the request of the Selma City Council. Selma is known as the Butterfly Capital of Alabama and the eastern swallowtail is its mascot.
The monarch butterfly became the official state insect a few days later.
For more information see:
Act 89-676, Acts of Alabama, May 11, 1989
Alabama Conservation Magazine, Winter, 1992
Updated: January 22, 2010