Butterflies at HCCP

With Their Host Plants

By Chris Gray

These are the most commonly found butterflies found at Horsetown-Clear Creek Preserve, along with their host plants, seen during the months of April and May.

Acmon Blue

Anise Swallowtail


Cabbage White

California Hairstreak

California Ringlet

California Sister

Checkered Skipper

Eastern Tailed Blue

Lorquin’s Admiral


Mourning Cloak

Mylitta Crescent

Orange Sulpher

Painted Lady

Pipevine Swallowtail

Propertius Duskywing

Two-Tailed Swallowtail

Variable Checkerspot

Western Tiger Swallowtail

Lotus, Buckwheats, and Knotweed

Lomatium, Angelica, Dill, and Fennel

Plantain, Monkeyflowers

Mustard family

Ceanothus, Oaks


Oaks, Tan Oak

Checker Mallows

Vetches, Native Peas, and Lotus

Willows, Poplar, Plum, and Cherries


Willows, Poplar, and others


Legumes: Alfalfa, clover, and others in the Pea family

Thistles, Mallows, and Lupine

California Pipevine

Oaks, Tan Oak

Hop Tree, Sycamore, Ash, and Cherry

Monkey Flower, Keckiella, Plantain, and others

Sycamore, Ash, Cherry, and Willow