Larval Host Plants (by butterfly species)

This list is by no means exhaustive. If you have any suggestions, additions, deletions or corrections please let us know!

BUTTERFLY

PLANT

    

Swallowtail Family (Papilionidae)

Black Swallowtail

dill, fennel, parsley, carrot, rue, parsnip

Giant Swallowtail

rue, wafer ash, prickly ash

Pipevine Swallowtail

pipevine

Spicebush Swallowtail

spice bush, sassafrass

Tiger Swallowtail

magnolia, tulip tree, wafer ash, black cherry

Zebra Swallowtail

pawpaw

   

Snout Butterflies (Libytheidae)

Common Snout Butterfly

hackberry

  

Brush Footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae)

Great Spangled and Idalia Fritillaries

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, and cherries

Hackberry Butterfly

hackberry

Monarch Butterfly

milkweeds

  

Sulfurs (Pieridae)

Cloudless Sulfur

sennas, partridge pea

Dogface Butterfly

lead plant, false indigo, prairie clover

   

Coppers, Blues, Harvesters and Metalmarks (Lycaenidae, Riodinidae)

American Copper

sorrel

Sylvan Hairstreak

willow

Common Hairstreak

mallow family , hollyhock , rose and marsh mallows

Gray Hairstreak

hawthorn

   

Skippers (Hesperoidea, Hesperidae)

Blazing Star Skipper

grasses