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Butterfly Caterpillar Host Plants Checklist

Achmon Blue: Wild Buckwheat Family, Buckwheat

American Copper: Sorrel

American Painted Lady: Aster Family, Cudweed, Cudweed, Licorice Icicles, Licorice Plant, Pearly Everlasting, Plantain-Leaved Pussy Toes, Sweet Everlasting

Anise Swallowtail: Carrot Family, Parsley Family, Anise, Fennel, Parsnip

Atala: Zamia Family

Baltimore Checkerspot: English Plantain, Narrow-Leaved Plantain, Turtlehead, White Turtlehead

Banded And Red-Spotted Purple: Poplar

Banded Purple: Hawthorn

Black Swallowtail: Carrot, Dill, Fennel, Parsley, Parsnip

Blues: Clover Family

Bordered Patch: Sunflower Family, Asteraceae, Golden Crownbeard , Zexmenia

Brazilian Skipper: Arrowroot Family, Canna Family, Powdery Thalia

Buckeye: Snapdragon Family, Plantain Family, Vervain Family, Blue Toadflax, Blue Vervain, Butter & Eggs, English Plantain, False Loosestrifes, Gerardias, Island Bush Snapdragon, Monkey Flower, Owl’s Clover, Plantains, Purple Toadflax, Ribgrass, Snapdragons, Thickleaf Wild Petunia, Toadflax, Twinflower, Wild Foxglove, Wild Petunia

Cabbage White: Mustard Family, Cabbage, Nasturtium

California Dogface: Bean Family, False Indigo

California Sister: Oak Family

California Tortoiseshell: Buckthorn Family

Canadian Swallowtail: Quaking Aspen

Cassius Blue: Leadwort Family, Leadwort, Wild Plumbago

Checkered Skipper: Mallow Family, Cheeseweed

Clouded (Common) Sulphur: White Or Red Clover

Cloudless Sulphur: Candlestick Plant, Partridge Pea, Wild Senna

Comma: Willow

Common Hairstreak: Mallow Family, Cheeseweed, Hollyhock, Rose, Marsh Mallow

Common Snout Butterfly: Hackberry

Common White: Mustard Family

Coppers: Dock

Coral Hairstreak: Wild Cherry

Dainty Sulphur: Aster Family, Spanish Needles

Dogface Butterfly: Lead Plant, False Indigo, Prairie Clover

Eastern Black Swallowtail: Rue Family, Carrot Family, Dill, Fennel, Golden Alexander, Parsley, Rue

Eastern Tailed Blue: Clovers, Crown Vetch

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail: Rose Family, Magnolia Family, Olive Family, Arizona Ash Tree, Tulip Poplar, Wafer Ash, Hoptree, Wild Black Cherry

Echo Blue (aka Spring Azure or Summer Azure): Buckthorn Family, California Buckeye, California Lilac

Fiery Skipper: Grass Family, Bermuda Grass

Fritillary: Violet

Giant Swallowtail: Citrus Family, Hercules Club, Hop Tree, Orange Jasmine, Prickly Ash, Rue, Various Citrus, Wafer Ash, Wild Lime

Goatweed Leafwing: Croton Family, Goatweed

Grass Nymph: Grasses

Gray Hairstreak: Hawthorn, Mallow Family, Malvaceae, Alfalfa, Beggarweed, Broomweed, Hawthorn, Swamp Hibiscus/Texas Star, Swamp Rose Mallow, White Clover

Great Purple (or Blue) Hairstreak: Mistletoe Family

Great Southern White: Mustard Family, Nasturtium Family, Saltwort Family

Great Spangled Fritillary: Pansy, Violet

Gulf Fritillary: Passionvine Family, Maypop, Corky Stemmed Passionvine, Yellow Passionflower, Waterloo Blue, Blue Passionflower, Incense Passionflower, Passionflower, Twin Flower Passionflower, Amethyst, Lavender Lady, Star of Mikan

Hackberry Emperor: Elm Family, Hackberry Family, Hackberry, Sugarberry

Harvester (The only carnivorous butterfly in the US.): Larva feed on other insects., Neoprociphilus, Pemphigus, Prociphilus, Schizoneura

Hoary Edge Skipper: Bean Family, Desert False Indigo

Hop Merchant (Or Comma): Nettle

Julia: Passionvine Family, Corky Stemmed Passionvine, Maypop, Yellow Passionflower

Juniper Hairstreak: Eastern Redcedar

Long-Tailed Skipper: Bean Family

Lorquin’s Admiral: Willow Family

Malachite: Acanthus Family

Monarch: Milkweed Family, Balloon Plant, Balloon Plant, Crown Flower, Giant Milkweek, Honeyvine, Narrow-Leaf Milkweed, Scarlet Milkweed, Showy Milkweed, Swamp Milkweed, Tropical Milkweed

Mourning Cloak: Cottonwood Family, Elm Family, Willow Family, Corkscrew Willow, Poplar

Orange (Alfalfa) Sulphur: Bean Family

Orange-Barred Sulphur: Sicklepod, Christmas Senna, Glaucous Cassia, Bahama Senna, Privet Senna, Apple Blossom Cassia, Pink Cassia, Partridge Pea, Candlestick Cassia, Candlebush

Painted Lady: Aster Family, Borage, Cheeseweed, High Mallow, Sunflower, Thistle, Tree Mallow

Palamedes Swallowtail: Laurel Family, Redbay, Sassafras, Swampbay

Pale Swallowtail: Buckthorn Family, California Lilac, Coffeeberry

Phaon Crescentspot: Vervain Family, Fogfruit, Silvery Checkerspot, Black-Eyed Susan, Blazing Star, Gayfeather, Pale Coneflower, Purple Coneflower, Tennessee Coneflower

Pipevine Swallowtail: Pipevine Family, Big Leaf Pipevine, Birthwort, California Pipevine, Dutchman’s Pipe, Virginia Snakeroot, White-Veined Duchman’s Pipe, Woolly Pipevine. (Only use these pipevine; others are toxic to pipevine swallowtail caterpillars.)

Polydamas Swallowtail: Pipevine Family, Calico Flower, Giant Pipevine

Queen: Milkweed Family, Scarlet Milkweed, Tropical Milkweed, Whitevine

Question Mark: Elm Family, Nettle Family, Hops Vine

Red Admiral: Nettle Family, False Nettle, Stinging Nettle

Red-Spotted Purple: Poplar Family, Rose Family, Willow Family, Black Willow, Carolina Willow, Purple Leaf Plum, Southern Crabapple, Wild Black Cherry, Wild Crabapple

Ruddy Daggerwing: Fig Family, Australian Banyan, Florida Strangler Fig, Weeping Fig, Wild Banyan

Sara Orangetip: Mustard Family

Satyrs: Grasses

Silver-Spotted Skipper: Bean Family, Black Locust, Desert False Indigo

Skippers, Skippers (Hesperoidea, Hesperidae), Blazing Star Skipper: Grasses

Sleepy Orange: Senna, Cassia

Snout: Hackberry

Spicebush Swallowtail: Laurel Family, Camphor Tree, Redbay, Sassafras, Spicebush, Swampbay

Sulphurs: Bean Family, Clover Family

Sylvan Hairstreak: Willow

Tawny Emperor: Hackberry

Tiger Swallowtail: Black Cherry, Magnolia, Tulip Tree, Wafer Ash

Tortoise Shell: Nettle, Willow

Two-Tailed Tiger Swallowtail: Cherry Family, Ash Family, Citrus Family, California Hoptree, Chokecherry, Common Hoptree

Variegated Fritillary: Passionvine Family, Violet Family, Common Violet, Johnny Jump-Ups, Maypop, Woolly Blue Violet

Viceroy And Red-Spotted Purple: Black Willow, Carolina Willow, Cherries, Goat Willow, Plums, Poplars, Pussy Willow, Willows

West Coast Lady: Mallow Family, Cheeseweed, Common Hollyhock, Common Mallow, Tree Mallow

Western Tiger Swallowtail: Willow Family, Poplar, Willow

White Admiral: Birch Family, Poplar Family, Willow Family, Poplar, Wild Black Cherry, Willow

White Peacock: Snapdragon Family, Vervain Family, Herb of Grace, Lemon Bacopa, Water Hyssop

Whites: Mustard Family

Zebra Longwing: Lady Margaret, Passionvine Family, Corky Stemmed Passionvine, Maypops, Purple Passionflower, Two-Flower Passionvine, Yellow Passionvine

Zebra Swallowtail: Pawpaw Family, Common Pawpaw, Dwarf Pawpaw, Soursop

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