Utah State Insect - Honey Bee

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The honey bee, Apis mellifera, became the official state insect in 1983 (Utah Code) through the lobbying efforts of a fifth grade class. The honey bee is significant in Utah history, as Utah was first called by its Mormon settlers, "The Provisional State of Deseret," a Book of Mormon word meaning honey bee.

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