Caterpillar / Butterfly Host Plants
Caterpillar host plants are the most direct answer to the question What Do Caterpillars Eat? The information on the most popular butterfly & caterpillar types.
Monarch Caterpillar host plant What Do Monarch Caterpillars Eat to Become a Butterfly?
- Caterpillar: Milkweeds (Asclepias)
- Butterfly: Milkweeds + Dogbane, Buddleia
American Painted Lady
Caterpillar: Thistle, Daisy, Mallow/Hollyhock, Burdock, Sunflower, Wormwood Butterfly: Aster, Zinnia
Caterpillar: Broccoli, Cabbage family, Mustard, Nasturtium Butterfly: Broccoli, Cabbage family, Mustard, Nasturtium
Caterpillar: Snapdragon, Loosestrife Butterfly: Carpetweed, Snapdragon, Globe Amaranth, Heliotrope, Mist Flower, White Clover, Sedum, Monkeyflower, Plantain, Verbena
Black Swallowtail Butterfly Black Swallowtail host plant
Caterpillar: parsley, dill, fennel, rue Butterfly: Aster, Buddleia, Joe Pye Weed, Alfalfa, Privet, Purple Coneflower, Wild Bergamot, Zinnia
Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillar host plant Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly
Caterpillar: Pipevine family (Dutchman’s Pipe, Virginia snakeroot) Butterfly: Buddleia
Eastern Tailed Blue
Caterpillar: Clover, legume-type plants (Bush Clover, Peas), Vetch Butterfly: daisy, dandelion, dogbane, clovers, milkweeds
Caterpillar: pawpaw Butterfly: asters, milkweed, daisy, zinnia, red clover, cosmos, lantana, pentas