By Julie Campbell
Meridian Times Staff Reporter
Michigan is one of only three states without an official butterfly or state. The Meridian Township Garden Club realizes this and wants to make a change by declaring the Black Swallowtail as the official butterfly of Michigan.
The Black Swallowtail overwinters in Michigan as a pupa, making it a full-time Michigan resident. This butterfly is easy for school groups to study the butterflies.
“Some butterflies reside in tall trees, but the Black Swallowtail prefers flowering areas and natural areas filled with red clover, common milkweed, butterfly weed, and other Michigan plants,” said Peggy Bryson, treasurer of Meridian Township Garden Club.
The Meridian Township Garden Club brought this proposal to state Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. and he supports it.
“We would like Michigan to join the other 47 states who celebrate the presence and value of butterflies by having an official state butterfly, state insect, or both,” said Bryson. “We are supporting SB 850 making the Black Swallowtail the official state of Michigan butterfly. We hope most residents across Michigan will agree with this decision. It’s a very beautiful butterfly and one that we can all enjoy seeing in Michigan.