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Butterflies of the Perth Hills with Eric McCrum – at the DRB Nats

14 September 2018, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm

Topic: Butterflies of the Perth Hills and beyond. How to identify them, what plants they are attracted to, and more.

Speaker: Eric McCrum, expert naturalist, famous as “The Birdman” on ABC radio, and co-founder of the DRB Nats.

Eric will explain all about Butterflies of the Perth Hills and beyond. It’s spring time and the flowers are out and the butterflies will be around for the next few months. But do you know the difference between a butterfly and a moth? Eric will explain with illustrations. Do you know there are at least five different families of butterflies? Eric will go through them to help you learn how to identify the different butterflies and show you some beautiful pictures of them. He is also going to provide a handout to help you identify them at home in your garden. If you like butterflies and wish you had more of them in your local area he will also show you the types of plants they are attracted to so you know what  to grow in your garden. And as a bit of a mystery – he may even mention a Butterfly which has a snout like a probosis. Eric, as you know, will make it interesting and tell us fascinating stories about these beautiful creatures … and Eric will be digitised if all goes to plan!

Date: Friday 14th September 2018 at 7.15pm for a 7.30 prompt start.

Venue: Jorgensen Park Pavilion, Crescent Road, Off Mundaring Weir Road, Kalamunda.


  1. A SPECIAL presentation by the MP for Kalamunda, Mr Matthew Hughes MLA. He is helping us with our project to digitise the slides of our DRB elders – more at the meeting. This is a good news story!
  2. Kids talk: This will be a competition for all children – there will be 10 night vision camera recordings of 10 secs each played and the children are to identify what creature is in each one.
  3. “Apps for Nats”. Each month Kendra Campbell, one of our members gives a 5 minute overview of, and shows, a reputable App which covers an aspect natural history. This month it will be Birds of Australia – Pizzey and Knight: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/pizzey-and-knight-birds-of-australia/id714625973?mt=8
  4. A monthly nature competition for children. When a child (under 16) comes along to a meeting they are invited to bring a drawing, craft work, story, study or video on the topic to the next meeting. Small prizes are given each month, and at our Christmas event children are invited to bring back all their entries and a grand prize is given. Thus, any child who was at our August talk on “Birds of Prey” can enter the competition this month. Anyone attending this Butterflies night can enter the competition in October 2018.
  5. A “Nature road show”. Members and visitors are encouraged to bring items to place on the display table, e.g. a sample flower, a sample of geology, 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 talk about them, or the person bringing them can talk about where they saw it, etc. If time is short they will be displayed for everyone to see. If you wish to show a photograph please email it, no later than the day before, to Rachel, our MC, and she will include it on her PowerPoint slides: DRB@wanaturalists.org.au


Time: Please come early at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start as it will be a VERY popular night and we start promptly. We are open from 7pm. We finish at 9.30pm.

Venue: “Home of the DRB”, Jorgensen Park Pavilion, Crescent Road, off Mundaring Weir Road, Kalamunda, Western Australia.

Level: This will be suitable for children, teenagers and adults, amateurs and scientists, beginners and those with advanced knowledge … bring the whole family.

Donation: We invite a donation of $3 per person for adult members ($0 for child members), and $5 per adult visitor and $1 per visiting child. Includes tea and coffee and home-made food and biscuits!

Door prizes: You could also be the lucky winner of a door prize. There are prizes for both members and visitors.

Bookings: Bookings are not required. Come early to get a seat at the front though as this will be a popular night. Doors open at 7pm.



14 September 2018
7:15 pm-9:30 pm
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DRB leader: Arlene Quinn
0436 448 647


Eric McCrum
Butterflies of the Perth Hills and beyond. How to identify them, what plants they are attracted to, and more.


Jorgensen Park Pavilion…
Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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