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Caterpillar which becomes the Black Swallowtail butterfly...many people do not understand that is order to have butterflies one must first have something for the caterpillar to eat...these loved my fennel and when disturbed, shoot out little orange horns that exude an orangy odor...nice!

These are seen all over MO in the spring. They are a really big butterfly, and they don't stay around too long. I think the birds and bats eat them.*