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The West Virginia State Insect

State Symbols

The Honeybee


The honeybee became West Virginia’s official State Insect in 2002 by the Legislature’s Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 9. In addition to its flavorful honey, the honeybee pollinates many of the state’s most important crops, including fruits, vegetables, and grasses. It produces more benefit to the state’s economy than any other insect. The honeybee has six legs, four wings, and its coloring ranges from dark yellow to gold with three dark bands on its abdomen.

Helpful Links

House Concurrent Resolution No. 9 State Insect Information

e-WV article on Insects of West Virginia