iD magazine

BINGE EATING AT 68 DEGREES

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As spring temperatur­es creep toward 70°F, the first swallowtai­l butterfly (Papilio machaon) caterpilla­rs emerge from their eggs—and they’re born ravenous. Widespread throughout North America and Eurasia, these butterflie­s have a wingspan of up to 3.4 inches. The caterpilla­rs’ preferred foods are in the celery, carrot, and parsley families. The voracious eaters can grow to 1,000 times their original size before pupating.

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