Although the American foxhound is Virginia's state dog, the big-eared bat also was designated the official state bat in 2005. There are other animals, such as fish, insects and birds that are state symbols as well. For example, while the state bird is the cardinal, the state insect is the swallowtail butterfly.
The state fish is the brook trout. The state of Virginia also has a flower and tree symbol, which is the American dogwood.
Virginia was named after Queen Elizabeth I. It became the 10th state of the United States in 1788, and its capital is Richmond. Virginia is the birthplace of at least eight U.S. presidents, including George Washington, James Monroe and Woodrow Wilson.