Butterflies

Below is a list of butterflies found in the Bristow Butterfly Garden, with information about their host and nectar plants.
ButterflyButterflies marked with this icon can also be found in the Butterfly House

Brush-footed butterflies
American Lady

Butterfly

American Lady - photograph by Glenn Burch Host Plants Pearly everlasting, Plaintain-leaved pussy toes, wormwood, ironweed and burdock
Nectar Plants Aster, dogbane, goldenrod, marigold, selfheal, milkweed and vetch
Buckeye

Butterfly

Buckeye butterfly Host Plants Snapdragon, toadflax, plantains and ruellia
Nectar Plants Aster, chickory, gumweed, knapweed, tickseed, sunflower, dogbane and peppermint
Gulf Fritillary

Butterfly

Gulf Fritillary - photography by Pat Hacker Host Plants Passion-vine, maypops and running pop
Nectar Plants Lantana, shepherd’s needle, cordias and composites
Monarch

Butterfly

Monarch on butterfly weed - photograph by Kemp Savage Host Plants Milkweeds
Nectar Plants Milkweeds, dogbane, lilac, red clover, lantana, goldenrod, blazing star, ironweed, tickseed, sunflower and thistles
Painted Lady

Butterfly

Painted Lady - photograph by Pat Hacker Host Plants Thistles, hollyhock, mallow and various legumes
Nectar Plants Thistles, aster, cosmos,  blazing star, ironweed, Joe-pye weed, red clover, buttonbush, privet and milkweed
Pearly Crescent Pearl Crescent - photo by Pat Hacker Host Plants Aster
Nectar Plants Thistles and aster
Question Mark

Butterfly

Question Mark Host Plants American elm, red elm, hackberry, Japanese hop, nettles and false nettles
Nectar Plants Rotting fruit, tree sap, dung, carrion, milkweed, aster and sweet pepperbush
Red Admiral

Butterfly

Red Admiral - photo by Pat Hacker Host Plants Plants in the nettle family
Nectar Plants Sap flows on trees, fermenting fruit, bird droppings, milkweed, red clover, aster and alfalfa
Red Spotted Purple

Butterfly

Host Plants Wild cherry, aspen, poplar, cottonwood, oaks, hawthorn, deerberry, birch, willows, basswood and shadbush
Nectar Plants Sap flows, rotting fruit, carrion, dung, spiraea, privet and viburnum
Variegated Fritillary

Butterfly

Variegated Fritillary Host Plants Maypops, May apple, violets, purslane, stonecrop and moonseed.
Nectar Plants Butteflyweed, common milkweed, dogbane, peppermint, red clover, swamp milkweed and tickseed
Viceroy Viceroy - photo by Pat Hacker Host Plants Willows, poplars, aspen, fruit trees
Nectar Plants Many wildflower species and tree blooms
  Swallowtails
Black Swallowtail

Butterfly

Host Plants Parsley, Queen Anne’s lace, carrot, parsnip, celery and dill. Sometimes citrus family plants
Nectar Plants A variety of flowers including red clover, milkweed and thistles
Giant Swallowtail

Butterfly

Giant Swallowtail Host Plants Plants in the citrus family, prickly ash, hop tree and common rue
Nectar Plants Lantana, azalea, bougainvilla, bouncing bet, dame’s rocket, goldenrod, Japanese honeysuckle and swamp milkweed
Palamedes Swallowtail

Butterfly

Palamedes Swallowtail - photo by Pat Hacker Host Plants Plants of the laurel family
Nectar Plants Sweet pepperbush, thistles, blue flag and azaleas
Pipevine Swallowtail

Butterfly

Pipevine Swallowtail Host Plants Pipevine
Nectar Plants Thistles, bergamot, lilac,  viper’s bugloss, common azalea, phlox, teasel, dame’s rocket, lantana, petunia, verbena and lupines
Spicebush Swallowtail

Butterfly

Spicebush Swallowtail - photo by Glenn Burch Host Plants Spicebush, sassafras, prickly ash, tulip tree, sweetbay, camphor and redbay
Nectar Plants Japanese honeysuckle, jewelweed, thistles, milkweed, azalea, dogbane, lantana, mimosa and sweet pepperbush
Tiger Swallowtail

Butterfly

Host Plants Wild cherry, sweetbay, basswood, tulip tree, birch, ash, cottonwood, mountain ash and willow
Nectar Plants A variety of plants including wild cherry and lilac
Zebra Swallowtail

Butterfly

Zebra Swallowtail - photo by Glenn Burch Host Plants Pawpaw
Nectar Plants Blueberry, blackberry, lilac, redbud, viper’s bugloss, verbena, dogbane and milkweed
Sulphurs
Clouded Sulphur Clouded Sulphur feeds on Tithonia - photograph by Pat Hacker Host Plants Legumes such as clover, alfalfa and vetch
Nectar Plants Dandelion, goldenrod, clover, tickseed, phlox, mildweed and dogbane
Cloudless Sulphur Host Plants Legumes, clover, wild peas
Nectar Plants Milkweed, firebush, lantana, cardinal flower and morning glory
Sleepy Orange Sleepy Orange Host Plants Clovers, legumes
Nectar Plants Blue porterweed, tickseed
Skippers
Fiery Skipper Fiery Skipper Host Plants Various grasses
Nectar Plants unknown
Checkered Skipper Checkered Skipper - photo by Glenn Burch Host Plants Various weeds and mallows
Nectar Plants unknown
Horace’s Duskywing Horace's Dusky Wing - photo by Pat Hacker Host Plants Various oaks
Nectar Plants unknown
Silver-spotted Skipper Silver Spotted Skipper - photo by Pat Hacker Host Plants Wisteria, beans and locust
Nectar Plants A variety of wild and domestic flowers