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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
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