Knowledge Nook

Those Strange Little Shapes Are Butterfly Eggs!

As the weather warms up you may start seeing butterfly eggs on your host plants. Some females will lay eggs on the top of the leaves, some on the bottom. So inspect the leaves carefully and look close - they are tiny!

To help you identify a few of those ‘strange little shapes’, we’ve labeled the eggs and the host plants you may find them on.

Spicebush Swallowtail
Host Plant – Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)
Spicebush Swallowtail and Spicebush

Host Plant – Milkweed (Asclepias spp.)
Monarch and Milkweed

Zebra Swallowtail
Host Plant – Pawpaw (Asimina triloba)
Zebra Swallowtail and Pawpaw

Painted Lady
Host Plant – Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)
Painted Lady and Hollyhock


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