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FOOD USED BY COMMON UTAH BUTTERFLIES

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BUTTERFLY FLIGHT PERIOD CATERPILLARS FEED ADUlTS FEED

ON THESE ON NECTAR OF THESE

Two-tailed swallowtail April-August Greenash, choke- geranium

(Papilio multicaudatus) cherry thistle, milkweed

Western tiger swallowtail May-July Willow, cotton- Zinnia,

(Papilio rutulus) wood, chokecherry lilac,

butterfly bush,

thistle, milk-

weed

Black swallowtail April-Sept. Dill, parsley, butterflyweed,

(Papilio polyxenes) fennel, carrot alfalfa, thistle

Monarch June- Oct. Milkweed Cosmos, Canada

(Danaus plexippus) thistle, rabbit-

brush, etc.

Weidemeyer's Admiral June- Sept. Willow, aspen, Sap flows,

(Limenitis weidemeyerii) cottonwood snowberry, dung

Painted Lady April- Oct. Thistle, holly- Grape hyacinth

(Vanessa cardui) hock, sunflower cosmos, zinnia,

alfalfa, many

flowers

European cabbage butterfly April-Oct Broccoli, cabbage Many

(Pieris rapae) (mustard family)

Clouded sulfur April-Nov. Alfalfa, clover Alfalfa, phlox,

(Colias eurytheme) rabbitbrush,

aster, marigold

Gray hairstreak April-Oct. Wild licorice, Beeplant, sweet

(Strymon melinus) alfalfa, etc. clover

Variegated fritillary April-Oct. Various, incl. Rabbitbrush,

(Euptoieta claudia) pansy Canada thistle

Edwards fritillary June-Sept. Nuttall's violet Rabbitbrush,

(Speyeria edwardsii) gaillardia,

beeplant

Mormon fritillary July-Aug. Violets Rabbitbrush,

(Spegeria mormonia) sagebrush,

asters

Mourning cloak February-Nov. Willow, aspen, Rabbitbrush,

(Nymphalis anatiopa) cottonwood, elm milkweed, sap

Wood Nymph June-Aug. Grasses Rabbitbrush,

(Cercyonis pegala) clematis,

Canada thistle

Silver-spotted skipper May-July Wild licorice, Lilac, dogbane,

(Epargyreus clarus) locust, etc. zinnia, sweet

pea, Canada

thistle

Checkered skipper April-Oct. Mallow, holly- Verbena, dandi-

(Pyrgus communis) hock lion, Canada

thistle, aster

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Additional Information

Flowering plants for attracting butterflies

Asters Lantana (Lantana spp.)

Butterfly bush (Buddleia davidi) Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)

Butterfly plant (Asclepias tuberosa) Marigold (Tagetes spp.)

Bush cinguefolia (Potentilla fruticosa) Mint (Mentha spp.)

Cosmos (Cosmos spp.) Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus

nauseosus)

Daisy (Chrysanthemum spp.) Verbena (Verbena spp.)

Goldenrod (Solidago spp.) Zinnias