Pipevine climbing an oak tree in the back yard.
I found Pipevine described at NC State. This pipevine does not have the huge 'pipe' flowers that are usually pictured as pipevine. This is a native host plant.
Pipevine Swallowtail nectaring on echinacea.
Host plant here is Aristolochia durior.
Pawpaws are blooming out front near Lantana,
handy for Zebra Swallowtails laying eggs.
Asimina augustiflora or Pawpaw.
I saw a a Zebra swallowtail today.
Host plant Pawpaw has leafed out; Lantana blooms are abundant.
Zebra on Lantana. Notice the long tails.
Cassia alata in the near view.
I'm behind on scattering seeds and transplanting Cassia seedlings to host Sulphur butterflies.
Beautyberry, Passiflora vines and Lantana grow in an uncultivated area outside my garden for Gulf Fritillary larvae and the delight of many butterflies.
Last month I posted a pic of Buckeye caterpillars feasting on common weeds. It salves my conscience about not being a good weeder when I know cudweed and toadflax are feeding future butterflies. A neater gardener might just let them eat her Snapdragons.
Watch the video closely. You may see the Zebra Swallowtail in the center, some Pipevine Swallowtails; maybe you'll see an American Painted Lady or a Buckeye. Droning noise in the background is an irrigation engine watering corn nearby.
It was a regular zoo today, Tigers as well as Zebras.
Tigers' hosts vary. Wild cherry is common here.
Host plants and butterflies vary by climate, season and location.
What grows in your area as butterfly hosts?