New Jersey artist and AFC Signature Member, James Fiorentino was recently honored when his watercolor painting depicting the Black Swallowtail was chosen to represent the State as the official artwork of the new State butterfly.
The black swallowtail butterfly (Papilio polyxenes) is one of two North American species of Swallowtail butterflies. In 2015, it was designated as the official New Jersey State Butterfly, and signed into law by Governor Christie on January 11th, 2016.
Statement on the Act: "This bill designates the Black Swallowtail butterfly as the official State Butterfly of New Jersey. This large, black, yellow and blue butterfly is indigenous to New Jersey and can be found in each of the State’s 21 counties. The Black Swallowtail is both beautiful and beneficial, pollinating many cultivated flowers and crops. For generations to come, New Jersey school children can raise Black Swallowtails and other butterflies in their classrooms as they have done for years, thus gaining a valuable appreciation for natural science. By designating a State butterfly, New Jersey joins a majority of states that have made such a designation. It also recognizes the important role that butterflies and other pollinators play in agriculture and the ecosystem."