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What is a Butterfly | Butterfly Behavior | Butterfly Garden Plants | Butterfly Food Plants
Index of Butterflies & Moths

Butterfly & Catepillar Food Plants

Some common butterflies and their caterpillar food plants.
Butterfly Species Caterpillar Food Plant
Swallowtail Family (Papilionidae)
Black Swallowtail Parsley family - both wild and cultivated: carrot, dill, parsley, and parsnip
Spicebush Swallowtail Spicebush, sassafras
Tiger Swallowtail Aspen, cherry, birch
 
Snout Butterfly (Libytheidae)
Common Snout Butterfly Hackberry
 
Brush-footed Family (Nymphalidae)
Great Spangled and Idalia Fritillary Violets
Buckeye Plantains, gerardias, toadflax, snapdragons, false loosestrifes
Painted Lady Thistles
Red Admiral Nettles, false nettle
Viceroy and Red-Spotted Purple Willows, especially black willow, pussy willow, poplars, plums, cherries
Hackberry Butterfly Hackberry
Monarch Butterfly Milkweeds, butterfly weed
Mourning Cloak Willow, birch, aspen, maple, elm
 
Sulphur Family (Pieridae)
Common (clouded) Sulphur Clover, alfalfa
Dogface Butterfly Lead plant, false indigo, prairie clover
 
Coppers, Blues, Harvesters, Metalmarks Families (Lycaenidae, Riodinidae)
American Copper Sorrel
Sylvan Hairstreak Willow
Common Hairstreak Mallow family, rose & marsh mallows, hollyhock
Gray Hairstreak Hawthorn
 
Skipper Family (Hesperidae)
Blazing Star Skipper Grasses

These nineteenth century woodcuts illustrate portions of the life cycles of butterflies and moths.
Illustration
In the left illustration, A is an adult butterfly nectar feeding. B shows females ovipositing (egg-laying). C represents several instars, or stages, of larval feeding and growth. D is the pupa (chrysalis of a butterfly). E is a newly emerged butterfly adult drying its wings.
Illustration
In the bottom illustration, of moths, A is an adult resting with its wings folded. B and C represent two larval instars. D is the hairy cocoon of the moth.


 
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