The mascot shoudl be a cuddly animal… remember that Linux began the Linux project as a vehicle for selling millions of plush Tux mascots. He gets a royalty from every one (*)
Consideration should be given to a mascot’s suitability for stickers and plush toys.
Through the absolute weirdest coincidence, earlier today, while googling for something Julia lang, Google brought some results about a Julia butterfly! That was surprising. But then I see this thread! It’s gotta be destiny!!!1!!
Anyway, the butterfly is quite pretty and we could easily put the dots on the wings.
If you google “Julia butterfly” beware, there’s also a lady called exactly that - she lives in a tree or something, a bit of a looney internet celebrity. Better to use this link if you want to read about it (about the butterfly, not the lady, I wouldn’t want the lady as our mascot): https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Dryas-iulia
The actual name of the butterfly is Julia Heliconian or Dryas iulia
Just a thought: many flying insects have ocelli, simple eyes that look a lot like the three Julia dots. Just look at all these options! Might make the adoption of any bees, ants, wasps, flies, dragonflies, and grasshoppers easier…