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The 40-year-old was reported missing on December 29, sparking an extensive air and land search of the rugged terrain, including the area's mineshafts and caves: "By all money I thought he was gone,'' Mareeba police Det Sen-Constable Vince Marcel said.But it’s really no surprise butterflies could keep someone alive. Brown bears in the Rockies gorge on fatty army cutworm moths and it stands to reason that the fully-grown butterflies would provide similar levels of nutrition. As to the flavor question, the bears take great pains in autumn to range above the treeline and overturn rocks to get at these sluggish moths. So all that effort must mean the butterfly buffet is pretty tasty.
"It's unbelievable. I phoned his mother straight away after (hearing) that. His family lives in Victoria and they've been calling me every couple of days. They were obviously beside themselves.''