Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Host Plant Help
I would like to try raising some eastern tiger swallowtails because for part of the season they are the most numerous butterflies in my yard.
I don't have any room to let the tree host plants mature. I did get some tulip tree seeds in a swap and have wintersown them. I hear they are fast growers and would like to try to keep them in a container and pruned to keep it manageable. Has anyone done this successfully? If so how fast do they really grow? I am somewhat concerned that I might get eggs on them when they are still seedlings and not be able to feed the cats.
I noticed in the FAQ that the magnolia and rose family are also listed as host plants. I have a rugosa rose and a small unknown species of magnolia tree as well. Has anyone here raised them on these species?
The magnolia is definitely not a sweet bay magnolia. All I know is that it was probably planted in the 70s, hardy to zone 5 at least, and was severely stunted and spindly from being planted under two silver maples with western exposure. All I have is pictures of it in blossom in mid April, if anyone can id it.
Any advice is appreciated.