Live Butterfly Dress to Promote Ecotourism in Central China?

Lady wearing a dress pinned with live butterflies at Baotianman nature reserve. (Screenshot/GWM.cn)
Lady wearing a dress pinned with live butterflies at Baotianman nature reserve. (Screenshot/GWM.cn)

A theme park “fairy” in Henan Province caused quite a stir during a new “butterfly” festival launched at the Baotianman nature reserve last weekend.

The festival figurehead arrived dressed in real butterflies pinned onto a white dress, according to GWM.cn. The website reported that some of the children at the festival were crying after seeing the flapping butterflies trying to get off the dress.

Known for its diversity of wild butterflies, tourists flock to Baotianman every year to experience these winged beauties. The event was advertised as “a living butterfly making an appearance that is sure to delight young and old,” the Shanghaiist reported. However, many tourists were upset by the spectacle.

Ironically, spokesperson Ning Wang reportedly said later, “We wanted to encourage people’s love of insects and the natural world, and to encourage them to protect our fellow creatures instead of catching and killing them so relentlessly.”

Live butterfly dress (Screenshot/GWM.cn)

Live butterfly dress (Screenshot/GWM.cn)

Live butterfly dress (Screenshot/GWM.cn)

Live butterfly dress (Screenshot/GWM.cn)

Live butterfly dress (Screenshot/GWM.cn)

Live butterfly dress (Screenshot/GWM.cn)

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