a pawpaw tree
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Attract Zebra Butterflies
To Your Yard With This Unique Tree
The pawpaw tree is a perfect option for gardeners who prefer to grow native plants and support local wildlife — especially enchanting pollinators like the zebra swallowtail butterfly.
This tropical tree thrives throughout the eastern part of the United States, and the fruit tastes like a combination of passionfruit, mango, and banana.
The pawpaw tree plays a key role in the lives of zebra swallowtail butterflies because they exclusively lay their eggs on the leaves of pawpaw tree species.
When the caterpillars hatch, they’ll eat the leaves and absorb the toxins, protecting the eggs from predators. Then, they will turn into lovely black and white striped butterflies.