Official State Insect of Oregon
The Oregon legislature designated the Oregon Swallowtail (Papilio oregonius) as Oregon’s official insect in 1979. Not only does it include "Oregon" in both its scientific and common name, it is a Northwest native. It can be found in Idaho and Washington states, as well as south-central British Columbia All State Insects
The adult Oregon swallowtail feeds on nectar from wildflowers including balsamroot, phlox, and thistles The larvae eat only tarragon sagebrush. This big, beautiful butterfly is a strong flyer, and was featured on a US postal stamp, one of the first four of the butterfly series issued in 1977.