December 22, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Assembly has voted unanimously approved a bill to name the Vivid Dancer Damselfly the state bug, sending the Senate-endorsed plan to Gov. Jim Gibbons for his signature.
Students from John R. Beatty Elementary School in Las Vegas won a statewide contest to select the winged creature as worthy of official state treatment. The fourth-graders selected the bug because its blue and silver wings reflect the state's colors.
In Republican Assemblyman Lynn Stewart's words: "It has a beautiful name that rolls off your tongue. Not only that, it's a useful insect. It eats mosquitoes and other harmful insects."