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Gov. Mead reminds us, Wyoming has a state butterfly because of local students

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — Yesterday while celebrating the recent successes of Big Horn High School/Sheridan County School District #1, Gov. Matt Mead mentioned that it is only because of Big Horn students that Wyoming has a state butterfly. So we wondered at Dally : What is the state butterfly, and how is it that it came to be because of students in our area? Sheridan's green hairstreak butterfly is the state butterfly, and it was adopted as such by the state on Feb. 26, 2009, according to ereferenceguide.com. Then-third grader at Big Horn Elementary Tanner Warder led the effort, Mead said yesterday. Warder's efforts in 2009 were supported by state Sen. Bruce Burns and Rep. Rosie Berger. *​Feature photo and above h/t Wikimedia Commons / Pitchengine Communities* Gov. David Freudenthal signed the 2009 legislation declaring that Sheridan's green hairstreak butterly, (Callophrys sheridanii,) would become the state butterfly nearly six years ago. Sheridan's green hairstreak was discovered in 1877 near the location of present-day Sheridan. The butterfly occurs widely across Wyoming in mountains and foothills, wherever its primary food source (the sulphur-flower) is found, according to ereferenceguide.com. This butterfly species flies from March to June and is the earliest butterfly to emerge from a chrysalis (butterfly pupa) in Wyoming. #dally #news