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DRB Nats Meeting – Butterflies with Eric McCrum OAM

13 November, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm


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Please note: This meeting was scheduled for earlier in the year, but was delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions. The DRB Nats committee have met and decided that it is now safe for this event to go ahead and we will be taking some precautions to protect members who attend:

  • Members and visitors will have to bring their own food and drink.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available and should be used when entering.
  • Maintain social distancing.
  • Volunteers will be organised to clean the facility before and after the event.
  • You will be required to give your details to volunteers who will complete a register or persons attending.
    Please do not attend if unwell (call the DRB Nats phone number on 0436 448 647 to let us know).

Please complete the RSVP if you intend to attend on the night so that we know how many people are coming. If you have completed the RSVP but can’t attend because you are unwell, please call the DRB Nats phone on 0436 448 647.
***If there is insufficient numbers attending the event, we will cancel and let all persons registered know***

Further details: As per usual we will be accepting cash for the entry fee for the night. The people handling the cash will be using gloves and we will have hand sanitiser readily available. There will be no raffle prizes, but there will be up to five door prizes. The door prizes, will be selected by a random number generator from the list of members attending, rather than raffle tickets


About The Speaker

Eric McCrum, along with Kevn Griffiths are founding members of the DRB Nats which started 46 years ago in 1974.

Eric has been a teacher all his life, including 10 years as a teacher in Perth Zoo and 14 years as a teacher at Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre. Eric has also worked as a patrol officer in Papua New Guinea.

Eric attends nearly all the DRB Nats meetings and always has much to share with everyone about the natural world so we have decided to ask him to do a formal presentation.

About the talk

When I spoke to Eric about what he would like to give a talk about, he gave me his business card which lists about 20 different nature topics that he can give a talk on. A vote was taken on the committee of the DRB Nats and it was decided that the best topic was butterflies, so Eric has agreed to speak on butterflies. He previously gave the talk in September 2018.

The talk will focus on the life cycles of butterflies from egg to larvae, to pupa, to adult. It will talk about the differences between butterflies and moths and it will talk about the five main families of butterflies.


  • Kids’ talk – one of your younger members, be giving a 5 minutes kids’ talk on a topic to be decided – details to be announced.
  • Boffins talk – one of our expert members will be giving an 8 minutes Boffins’ talk – details to be announced.
  • “Nature road show”. Members and visitors are encouraged to bring items to place on the display table or to send photographs to the MC in advance, e.g. a sample flower, an insect, and so on – anything of natural history interest that has legally been obtained. If we have time, one of our experts will identify them or briefly talk about them, or the person bringing them can talk about where they saw it, etc.
  • Photographs are particularly welcome, as everyone can see them. If you wish to show a photograph please email it, no later than the day before, to our MC for this night, who will include it on the PowerPoint slides. We have a dedicated email for this purpose: DRBChair@wanaturalists.org.au
  • Door prizes: You could also be the lucky winner of a door prize. We make sure there are prizes for both members and visitors.

Venue: Woodlupine Hall, 88 Hale Road, Forrestfield.

Time: Please come at 7.15pm or earlier if you wish, for a 7.30pm start as we start promptly. We are open from 6.45pm. We finish formal proceedings no later than 9.30pm and stay for refreshments and socialising afterwards any time up until 10.20pm.

Donation: All this for only a donation of $3 per person for adult members ($0 for child members), and $5 per adult visitor and $1 per visiting child to help with the costs of running the club, venue hire, insurance and so on. Includes tea and coffee and home-made cake and biscuits (including gluten free). Please bring the right CASH to help us avoid long queues. Thanks. We do not have EFTPOS facilities yet.

Entrance: It is a condition of entry that everyone signs in on arrival, thank you.
Parking: Free parking right outside.
Wheelchair access: Everything is on one level.
Toilets: Are inside.
Bookings: Please make a booking using the RSVP system.


13 November
7:15 pm-9:30 pm
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