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State Insect

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 Insect: Colorado hairstreak  butterfly (Hypaurotis crysalus). A native Colorado species, the butterfly is less than two inches wide and has purple wings with a wide dark border and orange spots. It is associated with scrub oak ecosystems on both the eastern and western slopes of the state. It was designated as state insect by an act of the General Assembly on Apri117, 1996, through the efforts of Aurora school children.

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