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Utah State Emblem

Wooden beehive staircase post at historic Beehive House in Salt Lake City, Utah; photo by Katie the scrapbook lady on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

Official State Emblem of Utah

In 1959, Utah designated the beehive as the official state emblem (along with the state motto: "Industry"). Industry is directly associated with the symbol of the beehive - early Utah pioneers had very few available resources and had to rely on their own "industry" to survive.

In addition to the beehive featured on the state flag and state seal, Utah also recognizes the Beehive Cluster as the official state star cluster, Utah's nickname is The Beehive State, and of course the honeybee is Utah's official state insect.