(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.
*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.