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Wish List


Native butterflies and moths we want to attract

or introduce into our garden.


The caterpillar host plants listed below their names are already in our garden in hopeful anticipation. Some of the butterflies on the list are in other areas of California, such as the gorgeous Pipevine Swallowtail from up north.

We will see what happens.  



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California Dogface Butterfly    

False Indigo








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California Tortoise Shell

Butterfly    

Ceanothus





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El Segundo Blue Butterfly    

Coast Buckwheat






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Callippe Fritillary Butterfly








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Giant Swallowtail Butterfly    

Meyer Lemon tree    

Great fruit tree  

Common Rue





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Lorquin’s Admiral Butterfly    

Black Cottonwood    

Arroyo Willow






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Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly    

Deerweed    

Southern California Locoweed




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Pale Swallowtail Butterfly    

Redberry

California Coffeeberry 

California lilac

Holly-leafed cherry 




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Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly

Pipevine









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Southern Dogface Butterfly






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Striated Queen Butterfly    

Milkweed






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Sulphur Butterflies 






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Buckeye Butterfly    

Monkey flower   














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Anise

Swallowtail

Butterfly     

Fennel (nn)     

Parsley (nn)


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California Hairstreak

Butterfly   

Ceanothus and Oak species

Arroyo Willow

Cheese-weed (nn)

False indigo, Buckwheat

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California Sister Butterfly    

Canyon Oak






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Ceanothus silk moth     

Ceanothus,

    Yankee Point Blueblossom     

Manzanita     

Willow

Alder




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Checkerspot Butterfly     

Santa Cruz Island

                Monkey flower   

Mallows



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Monarch Butterfly     

Narrow Leafed Milkweed

Kotolo or Indian Milkweed     

Showy Milkweed

Tropical Milkweed

Note: Hardy, fast growing non-native

Tropical  Milkweed is the plant of

choice for most Monarch butterfly

breeders. Beautiful in the

garden when flowering it is our

most popular nectar plant for

swallowtails and many other butterflies.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Mourning Cloak Butterfly     

Arroyo Willow     

Black Cottonwood     

Elm

Double Curl Parsley (nn)

Italian Parsley (nn)

Bronze Fennel


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Painted Lady Butterfly                                   

San Clemente Bush Mallow

California Pearly Everlasting                         

Chaparral Mallow     

Apricot Mallow                                               

Silver Bush Lupin                                           

Hall’s Bush Mallow                            

Thistle, Nettle                                                                   

Cheese-weed (nn)

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Red Admiral Butterfly      

Stinging Nettle     

False Nettle      

Baby Tears







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Skipper Butterflies     

Western Fescue

Deergrass




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West Coast Lady Butterfly     

Mallow

Cheese-weed

Nettle




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Western Tiger Swallowtail

Butterfly   

California Sycamore    

Fremont or Gila Cottonwood    

Black Cottonwood    

Arroyo Willow

White Alder




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White-lined Sphinx Moth    

Tomato









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California Native

(with a couple exceptions)

Butterflies, Moths & their Host Plants

In the Mountain Mermaid Butterfly Garden

Non-Native Butterflies and Moths

And their host or larval plants

in the Mountain Mermaid butterfly garden.



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Cabbage White Butterfly 

Cabbage (nn)    

Horseradish (nn)   

Chard (nn) 



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Gulf Fritillary

Passion vine

Native Nectar Plants

In the Mountain Mermaid butterfly garden.



California Yarrow

Rocky Point Blue-eyed Grass

Spice Bush

Felt-Leaved Yerba Santa

Lilac Verbena

Dr. Hurd Manzanita Tree

Hummingbird Sage

Santa Barbara Milk Vetch

Gum Plant

Desperado Sage

Cleveland Sage

White Sage

Ken Taylor Flannel Bush

Blue Flax

Butterfly HOST, or LARVEL plants (in green below) are those upon which

a butterfly or moth will lay their eggs, as contrasted with NECTAR or FOOD plants

upon which the insects feed (shown in pink below).

Non-natives are noted with a “nn”.

Planting butterfly and moth host plants are is essential if you want

to attract females to lay their eggs.

The host plants in green below are planted in our garden.

Most of the photos above by William Vann,

from EuPic Graphical Resource