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Some Important Caterpillar (Larval) Food Plants for Georgia Butterflies

While adult butterflies often obtain nectar from a wide variety of plants, most rely on very few plants to provide food for their caterpillars. One of the easiest ways to increase both the number and variety of butterflies is to incorporate larval food plants into the landscape surrounding your home. Enjoy planting these important caterpillar food plants and watch the beautiful variety of butterflies come to your backyard through the spring and summer seasons.

Caterpillar Food Plant


Asters Pearl Crescent
Silvery Checkerspot
Beans Long-tailed Skipper
Bermuda Grass Fiery Skipper
Gemmed Satyr
Southern Skipperling
Common Roadside Skipper
Black Locust Silver-spotted Skipper
Zarucco Duskywing
Cabbage, Collard Cabbage White
Great Southern White
Cane Carolina Roadside Skipper
Southern Pearly-eye
Creole Pearly-eye
Cassia sp.
(i.e. Sicklepod, Partridge Pea)
Sleepy Orange
Cloudless Sulphur
Little Yellow
Wild Cherry Spring Azure
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Striped Hairstreak
Red-spotted Purple
Coral Hairstreak
Cottonwood Viceroy
Mourning Cloak
Red-spotted Purple
Crab Grass Fiery Skipper
Dogwood Spring Azure
Elm Question Mark
Eastern Comma
Mourning Cloak
Fennel Black Swallowtail
Hackberry American Snout
Question Mark
Hackberry Emperor
Tawny Emperor
Mourning Cloak
Hickory Banded Hairstreak
Hollyhock Gray Hairstreak
Common Checkered Skipper
Painted Lady
Milkweed & Milkweed Vines Monarch
Mistletoe Great Purple Hairstreak
Nettle Red Admiral
Eastern Comma
Question Mark
Oaks Banded Hairstreak
Horace's Duskywing
Juvenal's Duskywing
Southern Hairstreak
Parsley, Dill & Celery Black Swallowtail
Passion-vine, Maypop Gulf Fritillary
Variegated Fritillary
Pawpaw Zebra Swallowtail
Plantain Common Buckeye
Baltimore Checkerspot
Queen Anne's Lace Black Swallowtail
Redbud Henry's Elfin
Sassafras Spicebush Swallowtail
Snapdragon Common Buckeye
Spicebush Spicebush Swallowtail
Sunflower Silvery Checkerspot
Sweet Bay Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Tulip Tree Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Spicebush Swallowtail
Violets Variegated Fritillary
Diana Fritillary
White Clover Clouded Sulphur
Orange Sulphur
Willow Mourning Cloak
Wisteria Silver-spotted Skipper


For more information, contact WRD's Nongame Conservation Section, (478) 994-1438.

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