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We said goodbye to three other caterpillars as well yesterday. Outside on our dill plants we had been watching three black swallowtail caterpillars. Like monarchs, they are also green and yellow, but they are bigger and when scared have an organ on their heads, orange and V-shaped, which they raise. It is very cool. We were looking forward to watching them over the winter as chrysalises and then as they turned into butterflies in the early spring, but they have vanished. We have no idea if they walked away (no doubt because too many people were petting them to watch the defense mechanism) or were eaten. I'll keep an eye on the dill, though, in case they come back.