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

Butterfly

Asters
Pearl Crescent
Silvery Checkerspot
Beans
Long-tailed Skipper
Bermuda Grass
Fiery Skipper
Gemmed Satyr
Whirlabout
Sachem
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
Queen
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
Zebra
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
Viceroy
Wisteria
Silver-spotted Skipper

While adult butterflies often obtain nectar from a wide variety of plants, most rely on very few plants to provide food for their caterpillars.

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