Blue for New
Frequently Asked Questions
purpose of this FAQ sheet is to explain why New York State should make the Karner Blue its state
There are approximately 65
different butterflies in New York.
Why is the Karner Blue our choice for adoption? Why not adopt (1) a butterfly
that lives all over the state – a butterfly that New Yorkers all over the state
see and enjoy, (2) a butterfly that is found only in New York, or (3) a
butterfly that no other state has adopted?
adopting the Karner Blue as state butterfly, more people will become aware of
the dangers that the Karner Blue faces. The more people who are aware, the more
likely that people will support actions to protect the Karner.
There are no butterflies that live only in New York.
Why should New
York adopt an endangered butterfly?
adopted the Eastern Bluebird as its State Bird. Since then, the bluebird has
been coming back from alarmingly low numbers during the 1950’s. Many New
Yorkers built special nesting boxes along fence rows to help the bluebirds if
they didn’t have a natural nest. There are endangered, threatened or
at risk animals and plants whose status improved after being adopted as state
symbols. (I’m currently researching this angle).
York already has a state insect, why should it
adopt a state butterfly?
the twenty-three states that have butterflies as state symbols, ten also have
another state insect. (Washington State has both a state marine mammal and a state
Hampshire has already adopted the
Karner Blue as its state butterfly. Why should New
not? Since New
both adopted the ladybug as their state insects, it shouldn’t be a problem
sharing the same state butterfly. The Monarch butterfly is the state butterfly
in seven states. Five states have the Tiger Swallowtail. A number of states
have the Bluebird, Mockingbird, or Cardinal as their state bird.