Attracting butterflies to your garden

Are you interested in butterflies and moths? We have compiled a list of different plants species that grow in the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens that attract different butterfly and moth species. These plants are known as host plants as they are the preferred food plants for different species to feed on the nectar and/ or lay their eggs for caterpillars to feed on.

If you are interested in creating a garden to attract different butterfly and moth species, or would simply like to know which plants are host plants for different butterflies and moths, the list below will help you. The list provides:

  • butterfly/ moth common name
  • butterfly/ moth scientific name
  • attendant ant species (if applicable)
  • butterfly/ moth species host plant; and
  • plant size.

Host plants are important to butterflies and moths as they provide nectar for the butterflies and moths to feed on, and a site for the butterfly to lay eggs and are also a food source for the emerging caterpillar. If you are planning to grow these in your garden, be prepared for heavy grazing by the caterpillars!

Disclaimer: Any advice included herein was created for advisory purposes only. It does not constitute legal opinion. Neither the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens nor Mackay Regional Council will accept liability  for any information, errors, omissions or consequences in any way whatsoever to any person, business or corporation that relies on the information provided, or for the recommendations expressed and conclusions reached. The (information) has been prepared in good faith on the information available at the date of provision.