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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Minor Threat Killing Off Exhibition's Butterflies

A massacre has occurred at the Moscow Butterfly House.

Four days after its opening last Sunday, 200 of the 300 butterflies at the All-Russia Exhibition Center attraction had been killed.

Visiting children "just didn't know" not to play with butterflies, which flutter free around the room and can land on visitors, said Andrei Kuleshov, spokesman for the butterfly exhibition. "It wasn't done out of malice."

The attraction is still open, and butterfly numbers are expected to be back up to 300 within a week or two. Kuleshov would not reveal how much the new insects cost, and said parents would be warned to supervise their children.

Housed in the columned pavilion once dedicated to the North Caucasus and then to public education, 50 breeds of butterflies are on display when the show is fully stocked.

The butterflies include common breeds like hawk moths and rare examples from South America and Southeast Asia.

"If a butterfly lands on someone, it's lucky," Kuleshov said.

The climate in the large room is tropical, kept at a steady 25 degrees Celsius and 80 percent humidity.

The Moscow Butterfly House is open through the summer.

Entry is 200 rubles for adults, 100 rubles for children.

It is free for babies, as well as for brides, bridegrooms and guests to their weddings.