Students shed light on state insect
INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 25, 2016) – State Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) welcomed students from Cumberland Elementary School to a Natural Resources Committee hearing at the Statehouse, where they shared a presentation on why the firefly should become the official state insect.
Eberhart, chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources, said the students are urging lawmakers to adopt the Pyractomena angulate, or the “Say’s Firefly,” as Indiana’s official insect. The firefly is neither a fly nor a bug, but a soft bodied beetle that produces light through a complex reaction in its abdomen.
“These students are learning about the legislative process from start to end,” Eberhart said. “They came up with an idea for a new law, contacted their local lawmakers to write the law and then attended a committee hearing to present their idea to members.”
Committee members will meet this summer to craft legislation to on having an official state insect.
Rep. Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) represents Shelby County and portions of Bartholomew County and Hancock County.
NOTE TO THE EDITOR: Attached and below is a photo of Rep. Eberhart displaying a poster one of the Cumberland Elementary students made for him.