Video shows woman making off with conservatory’s rare, colorful butterfly

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati police are seeking the public's help in tracking down a butterfly thief.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports a woman walked out of the Krohn Conservatory last Sunday with a blue morpho butterfly.

The butterfly is neon blue in color and its wings have black edges with white dots. It is native to Central and South American rainforests and has a life cycle that lasts about 115 days.

The group Rainforest Alliance says the blue morpho's beauty attracts artists and collectors from all over the globe. A framed blue morpho can sell online for as much as $60.

Detectives had no new information about the theft on Thursday.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call police.