Michigan has plenty of official state [blanks]. The American Robin is the state bird. The Brook Trout is the state fish. The state flower is the Apple Blossom. The list goes on and on including a state gem, state fossil, state soil (??), but shockingly there is one pretty big oversight that Michigan does not have: an official state insect.

Yes, we have a state soil before a state insect.

However, a fifth-grade class in Grand Rapids is looking to change this with their own proposal.

Adult Common Stonefly insect of the Family Perlidae

Aberdeen Academy's Request

Aberdeen Academy, an elementary school in the Grand Rapids Public Schools, has made its case for why the Stonefly should be named Michigan's official state insect. All 18 of the fifth graders wrote five-paragraph essays and mailed them to State Rep. Rachel Hood, who was so impressed she introduced bill HB5563 to officially make the stonefly the state insect.

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Why The Stonefly?

Stoneflies are pretty unproblematic insects since they do not feed on people, animals, plants, or trees, and tend to stay in the rivers they were born in. The bugs are unique and only live in clean water, making them a natural indicator of fresh water. However, Stoneflies' best claim to fame is their tie to another of Michigan's official animals: the brook trout. The stonefly is one of the Brook Trout's main sources of nutrients.


The outlook is looking pretty good for this insect to get the recognition it deserves, and it is thanks to one committed fifth-grade class.

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