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Police Seek Help Catching Butterfly Thief

The suspect reportedly entered Krohn Conservatory at 4:59 p.m. April 15.

Updated: Wednesday, April 18 at 6 p.m.

Cincinnati Police are investigating the theft of an expensive butterfly from Krohn Conservatory.

A blue morpho African butterfly is missing from the Butterfly Exhibit and police have pinpointed the person in the above photo as a suspect.

Morpho butterflies live in places like the Amazon and Nicaragua, and are colored in metallic-like, shimmering shades of blues and greens. They also are very expensive—reported collectors include London jeweler Dru Drury and Paris diplomat Georges Rousseau-Decelle. 

WVXU reached out to Krohn Conservatory for comment and is awaiting a response.  Police also released this surveillance video: 

Anyone with information about the incident, which took place April 15, is asked to call Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040 or submit an online tip at All tips will remain anonymous 

Ann Thompson has decades of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting.