6 Most Common Butterflies In Ohio

Viceroy

Nectar Plants: Asters, Joe-Pye Weed, Golden Rod, Phlox
Larvae Plants: Willow, Poplars, Black Cherry

To tell the difference between a Monarch and Viceroy look for a black line crossing the back hind wing. If it has a line, it is a Viceroy, not a Monarch.

Painted Lady Butterfly

Painted Lady

Nectar Plants: Joe-Pye Weed, Liatris (Blazing Star), Bee Balm, Goldenrod, Phlox, Asters
Larvae Plants: Pearly Everlasting

Painted ladies are one of the most widely distributed species of butterfly. They can be found on every continent in the world except Antarctica and Australia.

Spicebush Swallowtail

Spice Bush Swallowtail

Nectar Plants: Milkweed, Butterfly Weed, Purple Coneflower, Joe-Pye Weed.
Larvae Plants: Spicebush, Sassafras

Also known as the Green-Clouded butterfly. Unlike other swallowtail butterflies, Spicebushes fly low to the ground instead of at great heights.

Eastern Black Swallowtail

Nectar Plants: Milkweed, Butterfly Weed, Phlox
Larvae Plants: Parsley, Carrot, Celery and Dill

The state butterfly of Oklahoma some people consider the caterpillars of this butterfly to be a pest, since they eat parsley, carrots, and other garden plants.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Nectar Plants: Butterfly Weed, Bee Balm, Phlox, Milkweed, Liatris (Blazing Star)
Larvae Plants: Black Cherry, Tulip Tree, Ash, Spicebush

The first known drawing of a North American butterfly was that of an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail drawn by John White in 1587.

Monarch on Black Eyed Susan

Monarch

Nectar Plants: Milkweed, Butterfly Weed, Joe-Pye Weed, Goldenrod, Asters, Liatris (Blazing Star)
Larvae Plants: Milkweed

Monarch butterflies follow the same migration patterns every year. During migration, huge numbers of butterflies can be seen gathered together.