United States of America

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Where was the world’s first monument to an insect established?

On December 11, 1919, Enterprise, Alabama, dedicated a monument to the boll weevil. This tall statue of a woman with raised arms holding a boll weevil declares, “In profound appreciation of the boll weevil and what it has done as the herald of prosperity.” The boll weevil, a beetle that attacks bolls of cotton, spread across the South at the beginning of the twentieth century, wiping out cotton crops. Residents of Enterprise switched from cotton crops to peanut crops, thus discovering a new era of prosperity. The monument to the boll weevil is to remind residents and visitors alike of the resourcefulness of the community and the ability of man to diversify.


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