North Carolina designated the southern Appalachian brook trout as the official freshwater trout in 2005. Sometimes called "specks" because of their unique spotted appearance, the southern Appalachian brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) is a genetically distinct species and North Carolina's only native freshwater trout.. Brook trout live under water conditions that are cool, clean and pure and are a favorite of sport fishermen in the cold mountain streams of Western North Carolina.

After receiving a pardon from Governor Charles Eden, the notorious pirate Blackbeard settled in Bath, NC with his 14th wife, but still maintained his life as a pirate on the high seas. ^cs

Honeybee Vermont designated the honeybee as official state insect in 1978. Bee pollination is critical to plant and human survival - beeswax and honey are just surplus gifts from this tiny wonder of nature. The plant world expends a lot of energy attracting bees and other insects with brilliantly colored flowers and sweet nectar (nectar is produced solely to attract pollinating insects).

North Carolina designated the Thalian Association as the official state community theater in 1975 (Thalia was the muse of comedy and pastoral poetry in Greek mythology)Wilmington's gorgeous historic Thalian Hall was built in 1858 and has been restored to its original appearance. In addition to offering community theater, special events, and children's theater, Thalian Hall is a regular location for films and shows such as "Dream A Little Dream" "Sleeping With The Enemy," "Young Indiana…

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