State Flower: Blue Bonnet The Blue Bonnets get its name from its blue blossoms, which look like sunbonnets. STATE TREE : PECAN TREE The Pecan tree earned its title Of the Texas State Tree in 1919. People enjoy pecan pies, candy and stuffing. STATE PEPPER: JALAPEÑO The Jalapeño was named after the city Of Xalapa in Veracruz, Mexico. Jalapeño’s are hot in Texas! Texas ranks third in pepper production in the United States. State Motto: FriendShip The state motto of Texas is "Friendship." The word, Texas, or Tejas, was the Spanish pronunciation of a Caddo Indian word meaning "friends.” STATE LARGE ANIMAL: LONGHORN Longhorns are named for their long horns. In 1927, a herd of official state longhorns was formed to preserve their breed. The Longhorn serves as the mascot for The Texas Longhorns State Insect: Monarch Tens of millions adult monarchs migrate from their Homes in the United States . They travel southward Towards Mexico. They flock their Texas in great numbers. Their wings are red and orange. STATE PLANT: PRICKLY PEAR CACTUS The Prickly Pear Cactus displays yellow, red, or purple flowers in the spring and the summer. STATE BIRD- MOCKING BIRD The mocking bird imitates the calls of other birds. They can even imitate the sounds of whistles and sirens. STATE FRUIT: TEXAS RED GRAPEFRUIT The Texas Red Grapefruit was first developed by citrus growers in 1893. Its bright and red fruit is sweet and juicy. State Food: Chili Chili is a fiery spicy meat stew that is brewed with Texas pride. Chili is featured in cook-offs Throughout the state of Texas. STATE FLYING MAMMAL: MEXICAN FREE-TAILED BATS In a cave near San Antonio there are about 20 million Mexican FreeTailed bats that eat 250 tons of insects every night! STATE FISHGUADALUPE BASS The Guadalupe Bass is currently considered a rare species. Texas highly recommend practicing a catch and release program with this species The Guadalupe Bass are less then three pounds!