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Larval Host Plants (by plant)

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PLANT BUTTERFLY LARVA SPECIES COLOR HEIGHT
Clover Family blues, sulphurs multicolor 2-18 inches
Dock coppers green 12-72 inches
Elm mourning cloak, question mark N/A tree
Grasses fiery skipper, grass nymph, satyrs N/A 2-24 inches
Hackberry hackberry, tawny emperor, snout N/A tree
Hawthorn gray hairstreak, banded purple N/A tree
Mallow Family (Cheeseweed) west coast lady, common hairstreak, checkered skipper white, lavender 6-36 inches
Milkweed Monarch lavender, pink 24-48 inches
Mustard Family whites yellow 6-36 inches
Nettle tortoise shell, painted lady, question mark, red admiral, hop merchant (or comma) green 24-48 inches
Parsley Family black swallowtail, anise swallowtail white, yellow 6-36 inches
Plantain buckeye white, green 3-8 inches
Poplar mourning cloak, white admiral, viceroy, banded and red-spotted purple, western tiger swallowtail N/A tree
Senna (Cassia) cloudless sulphur, sleepy orange yellow 12-48 inches
Sorrel American copper reddish green 4-15 inches
Spicebush spicebush swallowtail yellow shrub
Thistle painted lady purple 24-60 inches
Turtlehead baltimore white, pink 12-48 inches
Violet fritillary purple 2-6 inches
Wild Cherry eastern tiger swallowtail, coral hairstreak, red-spotted purple N/A tree
Willow comma, tortoise shell, viceroy, red-spotted purple, western tiger swallowtail, white admiral, sylvan hairstreak N/A tree
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