Getting Started

Where to find your caterpillars?
Depending on the season, where you live, and how much time you have, finding your own caterpillars can be a rewarding task. The best way to find caterpillars is to look for the plants that are known host plants for local butterflies. If the leaves of the plants are eaten chances are if you look carefully you will find caterpillars. Alternatively you can grow your own host plants and wait for the female butterfly to lay her eggs on them. An example of some common plants and butterflies are listed below. (You can find more host plant species in our Regional Gardening Guide)

Caterpillar / Host Plant

Butterfly Species

Milkweed

Monarch

Spicebush

Spicebush Swallowtail

Paw-Paw

Zebra Swallowtail

Dill

Black Swallowtail

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