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Lost Australian Hiker Survives For a Month By Eating Butterflies

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Butterflies are free, plentiful, and apparently delicious in a pinch. Or at least, I hope they are, since one Australian man, Stephen Currie, just survived for nearly a month by using the winged insect as the cornerstone of his diet.

In addition to surviving 100-degree temperatures in the Queensland bush, Brisbane’s Courier-Mail newspaper reports that Currie subsisted on mostly monarch munchies (with occasional supplemental wild fruit and freshwater mussels). Locals found him on Tuesday afternoon shoeless, shirtless, and 30 pounds lighter (do we smell a celebrity diet in the making?). Here’s more from the Courier-Mail:

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.

Read more: Courier Mail