We are disappointed to announce that thieves struck the Roston Native Butterfly House sometime between the evening of Thursday, August 20 and the morning of Friday, August 21.
The thieves stole a rose bush and disturbed several others. They also stole pruning shears, a pollinator enclosure containing livestock, and a “Troll’s Cottage” bubbler which served as a crowd-pleasing water source for moths and butterflies.
The thieves cut a three to four foot hole in the Butterfly House netting to gain entry. This netting was brand new this year, replacing the 10-year-old original netting for the House. Due to replacement costs, Butterfly House curators will mend the netting by hand.
Estimates to repair the netting and replace the stolen items come to about $500.
We are disheartened by these thefts and the vandalization of a free community amenity. The Roston Native Butterfly House is operated solely by volunteers. It is an educational resource for the community, and it provides livestock, materials, and free training to anyone who wishes to try rearing pollinators at home.
If you would like to donate to the Butterfly House to help us recoup the cost of repairs and replacements, you may do so here. You may also mail a check made out to FOG, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, MO 65807; place place “Butterfly House” in the memo line.
If you see any of the stolen items in the community, please contact us here. You may also call 417-891-1515 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more in “Butterfly House burglarized; caterpillars, moths among items stolen” by Jackie Rehwald for the Springfield News-Leader.