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SOURCES: Wikipedia: List of U.S. state beverages; Wikipedia: List of U.S. state butterflies; Wikipedia: List of U.S. state fossils; Wikipedia: List of U.S. state mottos; John; Wik...
State beverages > Drink Milk
State butterflies > Binomial nomenclature Papilio glaucus
State butterflies > State butterfly Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
State fossil > Age Caenozoic
State fossil > Binomial nomenclature Chesapecten jeffersonius
State fossil > Common name scallop
State fossil > Year 1,993
State mottos > Motto Sic semper tyrannis
State Name Virginia
State shells > Shell Eastern Oyster
State shells > Year designated 1,974
State soil
State tree Flowering dogwood
State tree > Binomial Nomenclature Cornus florida
Symbols > State animal
Virginia Big-eared Bat (State bat); American Foxhound (State dog)
Symbols > State bird Cardinal
Symbols > State motto
Sic semper tyrannis (Thus always to tyrants)
U.S. state beverages > Drink Milk
U.S. state insects > Binomial name Papilio glaucus
U.S. state insects > State insect
Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

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