Larval Host Plants (by plant)

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

PLANT

BUTTERFLY LARVA SPECIES

COLOR

HEIGHT

Clover Family

blues, sulphurs

multicolor

2-18 inches

Dock

coppers

green

12-72 inches

Elm

mourning cloak, question mark

N/A

tree

Grasses

fiery skipper, grass nymph, satyrs

N/A

2-24 inches

Hackberry

hackberry, tawny emperor, snout

N/A

tree

Hawthorn

gray hairstreak, banded purple

N/A

tree

Mallow Family (Cheeseweed)

west coast lady, common hairstreak, checkered skipper

white, lavender

6-36 inches

Milkweed

Monarch

lavender, pink

24-48 inches

Mustard Family

whites

yellow

6-36 inches

Nettle

tortoise shell, painted lady, question mark, red admiral, hop merchant (or comma)

green

24-48 inches

Parsley Family

black swallowtail, anise swallowtail

white, yellow

6-36 inches

Plantain

buckeye

white, green

3-8 inches

Poplar

mourning cloak, white admiral, viceroy, banded and red-spotted purple, western tiger swallowtail

N/A

tree

Senna (Cassia)

cloudless sulphur, sleepy orange

yellow

12-48 inches

Sorrel

American copper

reddish green

4-15 inches

Spicebush

spicebush swallowtail

yellow

shrub

Thistle

painted lady

purple

24-60 inches

Turtlehead

baltimore

white, pink

12-48 inches

Violet

fritillary

purple

2-6 inches

Wild Cherry

eastern tiger swallowtail, coral hairstreak, red-spotted purple

N/A

tree

Willow

comma, tortoise shell, viceroy, red-spotted purple, western tiger swallowtail, white admiral, sylvan hairstreak

N/A

tree

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