Butterfly Honour Flutters in from Japan

A LEADING Top End butterfly expert will be presented with a prestigious international award at a function in Japan.

Dr Michael Braby about to pounce on an unsuspecting butterfly


Dr Michael Braby, an entomologist and invertebrate conservation biologist with NRETAS, will be presented The Hayashi Award from The Butterfly Society of Japan in Tokyo next month.

The award was named in honour of famous Japanese lepidopterist Kei Hayashi.

Dr Braby will receive the award for his works, including Butterflies of Australia: their Identification, Biology and Distribution; Complete Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia and a piece he had published in the journal Entomological Science in 2006.

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Dr Braby said that receiving the award would be a “great honour”.

“It’s not every day you receive an award from a society overseas,” he said.

“I’m pretty chuffed about it.”

To make the awards ceremony in Tokyo, Dr Braby had to re-route his flight home from a trip to Melbourne.

“I’m now going Melbourne to Darwin via Tokyo. It’s a bit out-of-the-way, but I think it will be OK,” he said.

Dr Braby has been working in the field for about 22 years, and will receive the award on December 10.

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