Crossing the line separating Indiana and Illinois sometimes means dealing with different laws and customs. Readers are asked to share ideas for this weekly feature. This week: State insects.
For 40 years, the monarch butterfly has been the state insect of Illinois. Now Hoosier state Rep. Kevin Mahan, R-Hartford City, wants it to be a symbol of Indiana.
According to the Department of Natural Resources, Mahan will propose the General Assembly declare the monarch Indiana’s state butterfly when lawmakers convene their 10-week session Jan. 5.
It would not be first state symbol shared by Indiana and Illinois. Both identify the cardinal as their state bird.
Indiana next year may also be getting its own state insect, just in time for the state’s 200th birthday.
State Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, and state Rep. Randy Truitt, R-West Lafayette, are planning to propose the firefly be designated Indiana’s state insect, as recommended by students at Cumberland Elementary School in West Lafayette.
Illinois lawmakers adopted two new state symbols in 2015: sweet corn as the state vegetable; and pumpkin as the state pie.