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HOST PLANT — CATERPILLAR — BUTTERFLY…OH MY! Thanks to nature’s intricate web, pollinators need plants to feed themselves (nectar) and their offspring (pollen), and plants need pollinators to help them reproduce. Pollinators are essential for a healthy planet, but they need our protection. The first step is learning to recognize them, and the plants they rely on. Here's a handy starter guide to some of Windsor’s more common host plant and butterfly/moth realtionships. [Except where noted, all photos are by Amy Pulley.]

Left to right: Common Rue (Ruta graveolens) [Photo: Strictly Medicinal Seeds]; Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar; Giant Swallowtail Butterfly

Left to right: Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) [Photo: Missouri Plants]; Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar; Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly

Left to right: Turtlehead (Chelonia glabra) [Photo: Bohn’s Farm]; Baltimore Checkerspot Caterpillar; Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly


L to R: Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca); Monarch Caterpillar; Monarch Butterfly

L to R: Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea); Black Swallowtail Caterpillar; Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Left to right: Rough Bedstraw (Galium asprellum) [Photo: R.W. Smith]; Galium Sphinx Moth Caterpillar; Galium Sphinx Moth

Left to right: Wood nettles (Laportea canadensis) [Photo:]; Eastern Comma caterpillar; Eastern Comma Butterfly

Left to right: Goldenrod (Solidago species); Brown Hooded Owlet Caterpillar; Brown Hooded Owlet Moth [Moth Photo: Tom Murray]

A warm thanks to the Wild & Scenic Westfield River Committee for supporting our community-wide initiative to celebrate, attract and protect Windsor’s pollinators.

Photo Guide: Host Plants & Butterflies (May 2018, Windsor Now & Then)  
Photo Guide: Host Plants & Butterflies (May 2018, Windsor Now & Then)