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Georgia State Insect (Honeybee)

Photographs of and links with information on Georgia’s State Insect - the Honeybee (Apis mellifera).

Honey Bee Program (University of Georgia)
Photos and narrative description (University of Michigan)

1975 joint Resolution declaring Honeybee Official State Insect of Georgia:

  Joint Resolution of the Georgia General Assembly

  April 18, 1975


  No. 48 (Senate Resolution No. 99).


  A Resolution

Designating the honeybee as the official State insect; and for other purposes.

Whereas, honey produced by honeybees provides significant income to an important section of Georgia’s economy; and

Whereas, the honeybee is a valuable asset to the agricultural interests of this State; and

Whereas, if it were not for the cross-pollination activities of honeybees for over fifty different crops, we would soon have to live on cereals and nuts; and

Whereas, the honeybee far surpasses any other insects insofar as its contributions to man; and

Whereas, the importance of the honeybee to the agricultural interest and the welfare of the citizens of the State should be appropriately recognized.

Now, therefore, be it resolved by the General Assembly of Georgia that the honeybee is hereby designated as the State of Georgia’s official insect.

Approved April 18, 1975.

Source: Ga. Laws 1975, pp. 927-928.

Georgia State Insect (Honeybee) View large image

Honeybee Stamp
Source: Ed Jackson