It's official! The firefly - or lightning bug - is now Indiana's state insect

Posted: 8:57 PM, Feb 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-02-27 23:33:12-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- It’s been debated for years, but after a vote Tuesday afternoon the firefly will become the official state insect of Indiana.

The effort was led by students at Cumberland Elementary School in West Lafayette who sent letters to the governor pushing to make the firefly - or lightning bug - the official state insect.

The bill was approved by the House on Tuesday and is now on its way to Governor Eric Holcomb's desk for his signature. 

Which means the Says Firefly will become Indiana's state bug. 

Governor Holcomb released the following statement regarding the bill's passage on Tuesday. 

“I know this bill bugged some of my legislative friends, but the truth is it’s a big deal to young students around the state who have reached out to us in support—particularly students from Cumberland Elementary School in West Lafayette. They’ve shown incredible perseverance and have advocated for the Say’s Firefly to be the official state insect for several years. Beyond the satisfaction, these kids will feel when they look out on a hot Indiana summer night and see the state insect flashing away, the real beauty of this bill is the civic engagement it inspired in our youngest citizens. It’s taught them a great deal about how our lawmaking process works—and that if they are engaged, they can make a real difference.”

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