State Insect

The Colorado Hairstreak Butterfly Hypaurotis cysalus was adopted as the official state insect on April 17, 1996. The butterfly is two inches in width and has purple wings with black borders, orange accents in the corners and blue on the underside. It may be found on both sides of the Continental Divide at elevations of 6,500 to 7,500 feet, in its usual habitat of scrub oak ecosystems.

Citation: Senate Bill 122, 1996; Colorado Revised Statute 24-80-913.