Official State Insect of Alabama
Alabama designated the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) as the official state insect in 1989 (the eastern tiger swallowtail is recognized as the official state butterfly of Alabama). Seven states have adopted the monarch butterfly as an official symbol. All State Insects
The migratory monarch is a native butterfly well-known to Alabama. Both caterpillar and butterfly are brilliant in color as a warning (the Monarch ingests toxins from the milkweed plant which are poisonous to predators).