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Plants for Caterpillars

Everyone knows that Monarch caterpillars eat milkweeds, but what about Tawny Emperor caterpillars, or Zebra Swallowtail caterpillars, or blue, copper or hair streak caterpillars? (hackberry, paw paw and oak trees respectively). If you want to have all kinds of butterflies in your neighborhood, you need to plant their larval food plants. As a plus, you will also get all kinds of birds, since they need the caterpillars to feed their young.

white oak with caterpillars
pink-striped oakworm on white oak


The Plants for Caterpillars spreadsheet lists the food plants of all the moth and butterfly larva listed in "Butterflies and Moths of Missouri", by J. Richard and Joan E. Heitzman. (copies still available on Amazon).

There are two sheets to search (look for the tabs at the bottom of the spreadsheet). On the plants to caterpillars sheet you can find the common name of the plant and the caterpillar or caterpillars that eat it. On the caterpillars to plan sheet, you can find the group and then common name of the caterpillar and the plant or plants it eats.





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