INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
The Say's Firefly will soon be Indiana's official state insect after Gov.
Eric Holcomb signed a new law that elementary school students have
championed for years.
signing took place at Cumberland Elementary School in West Lafayette.
Students there successfully persuaded the Republican governor to include the
legislation in his agenda for the year.
Holcomb praised the
young students for their perseverance and civic engagement. The measure
takes effect in July.
The insect was
named by Indiana native and entomologist Thomas Say in 1826. The students
argued that it best represents Indiana for its agricultural benefits and
place in American history.
office says Indiana is no longer on a list of the only three states without
an official insect.