Best Swallowtail Butterfly Host Plants For The Garden

Swallowtail butterfly

Swallowtail butterflies are popular species for their attractive wing forms and varied colors. Choose host plants for swallowtails’ caterpillars, as well as nectar for adults, to see more of these spectacular insects in your garden.  About Swallowtail Butterflies Swallowtails belong to the Papilionidae family of butterflies. Several species are native to and common in the U.S. The swallowtails are among the most spectacular of butterflies with their characteristic “tails” reminiscent of swallows.  Since they are so attractive, many people want to bring more swallowtails to their gardens. To get more in your backyard, choose appropriate host plants for swallowtail butterflies. These are the plants on which particular species lay their eggs. The caterpillars feed on the plants until they pupate.  You’ll also want to plant species that adult swallowtails need for nectar. Different types of swallowtails feed on different plants, but some of the common nectar species include milkweed, wild […]

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