Attracting Black Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillars

DSC 0207 Attracting Black Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillars

Gardening for Butterflies is growing in popularity, and it’s a three season love affair that can take you from spring cocoons to fall migrations! ┬áTry these host plants for Larvae and Caterpillars to use in the flower garden, and raise your own butterflies!

Growing Flowers For Black Swallowtail Caterpillars:

  • Parsley
  • Carrot
  • Queen Ann’s Lace
  • Dill
  • Alfalfa
  • Sweet Fennel
  • Sunflower
  • Aster
  • Broccoli
  • Milkweed
  • Hollyhock
  • Clover
  • Partridge Pea
  • Snapdragon
  • Thistle
  • Sunflower

Growing Trees For Larvae and Caterpillars:

  • Willow
  • Elm
  • Chokecherry
  • Oak
  • Plum
  • Hackberry
  • Cottonwood
  • Birch


Mix these flowers and trees into your landscape, or organize them into clumps to create a special butterfly garden.  Keep extra herbs like Carrot, Parsley and Dill in a butterfly garden area to create a safe place for the caterpillars to feed, and as a depository for them if you find them in your herb patch.

Happy gardening!


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