Meridian Township Garden Club proposes an official butterfly for Michigan

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.