List of Michigan state symbols Information

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Location of the state of Michigan in the United States

The following is a list of symbols of the U.S. state of Michigan. Bills to designated state symbols in Michigan are referred to the Government Operations Committee in either chamber. [1]

State symbols

Type Symbol Adopted Image Note
Bird American robin
Turdus migratorius
1931 American Robin [1]
Coat of Arms Coat of Arms of the State of Michigan 1835 [2] The Coat of Arms of the State of Michigan
Fish Brook Trout
Salvelinus fontinalis
1988 Brook trout In 1965, the trout was named the official state fish; this was specified as the brook trout in 1988. [1]
Flag Flag of the State of Michigan 1911 The Flag of the State of Michigan
Flower Apple Blossom [note 1]
Malus sp.
1897 [3] Sweet crabapple blossom A garland of 44 flowers representing the 44 states was made for the World's Columbian Exhibition of 1893 with the Apple Blossom representing Michigan. This inspired Michigan's Legislature to make it official in 1897. [1]
Fossil Mastodon
Mammut americanum
2002 [1] Mastodon
Game Mammal White-Tailed Deer
Odocoileus virginianus
1997 [1] White-tailed deer
Gem Isle Royale greenstone
1972 [1]
Motto Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice
( Latin for "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you") [4]
Reptile Painted Turtle
Chrysemys picta
1995< [1] Painted Turtle
Seal Great Seal of the State of Michigan 1835 The Great Seal of the State of Michigan
Soil Kalkaska soil series December 1990 [1]
Song " My Michigan" 1937 [1]
Stone Petoskey Stone
Hexagonaria pericarnata
1965 Petoskey Stone [1]
Tree Eastern White Pine
Pinus strobus
1995 [1] Eastern White Pine
Wildflower Dwarf Lake Iris
Iris lacustris
1998 Dwarf Lake Iris [1]

Other symbols

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  • Butterfly - The Michigan Garden Clubs approach Sate Senator Curtis Hertel (D, East Lansing) about making the butterfly the state insect. Thus in March 2019, Hertel and state Rep. Julie Brixie (D, Meridian Twp.) introduced bills to name the black swallowtail butterfly the state butterfly. The prior year saw the Karner blue butterfly . [1]
  • Insect - In 2018, the monarch butterfly was submitted as the official insect by then Senator Jim Marleau. The lady bug was nominated in 2015. [1]
  • Wildflower - the Michigan Wildflower Association put forth the trillium in 1998 as an alternative to the Dwarf Lake Iris as trillium is rare and primarily grows in Michigan. [1]
  • Song - With the lack of knowledge about "My Michigan" being an official song, " Michigan, My Michigan" of the Civil War-era is often believe to be the official tune for which it was proposed in 2003 to become but failed. "Michigan Man" was proposed in 2014 by Rep. Frank Foster but did not get out of committee.

See also


  1. ^ The legislation mentions sweet crabapple ('Malus coronaria) as an example.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Gibbons, Lauren (April 4, 2019). "The surprising stories behind Michigan's state symbols". Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  2. ^,4670,7-127-1638_8731-22835--,00.html
  3. ^ "Michigan's State Symbols".
  4. ^ Michigan's State Facts

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