Official Symbols and Emblems of Alabama

Alabama Official Mascot and Butterfly

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail


Alabama Official Mascot and Butterfly
Photograph by: Paul H. Franklin


The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail became the state mascot and butterfly in 1989 by Act no. 89-676.


The legislation was requested by the Selma City Council. Selma is designated as the Butterfly Capital of Alabama and the Eastern Swallowtail is its mascot.


Acts of Alabama,May 11, 1989
Alabama Conservation Magazine, Winter, 1992


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Updated: February 6, 2014