Each species of butterfly has a host plant, meaning that there is a specific plant where each
species lays its eggs and upon which the caterpillar or larvae feed. Butterflies will only stay where the host plant is available.
For attracting a particular species, you’ll need to plant its preferred host.
Fennel, Parsley Anise
Swallowtail, Black Swallowtail
Hackberry, Question Mark
Painted Lady, West Coast Lady
Passion Vines Gulf Fritillary,
Julia, Longwing Fritillary
Eastern Tiger Swallow Tail, Viceroy,
Western Tiger Swallow Tail
Bordered Patch, Painted Lady
Great Spangled Fritillary
Cloudless Sulphur, Orange-Barred Sulphur
Mourning Cloak, Red-Spotted Purple
Your local agricultural extension agency can be a helpful resource for information on butterflies
that are native to your area. You can also learn about specific native plants to which they are attracted.