Butterflies of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, was
launched on Thursday, the 24th of April, at the iconic Gardens by
The Bay.The book is absolutely beautiful. It was a very special
moment for the butterfly scene over here!
The launch itself was invite-only but it was nice and informal, just
how I would've wanted it. Pansing Distribution generously ordered
for a buffet to grace the event too. After a few all but boring
speeches, we lined up eagerly to get our copies signed. The company
was amazing. I also had the chance to meet nature legends like Ria
Tan, Professor Peter Ng, the author himself, Dr Kirton and so many
others. Here's me, overjoyed, with Dr Kirton!
(image courtesy of Mr Khew Sin Khoon)
The book, covering a total of 280 species from the three countries,
is a 'taster' to the fascinating butterflies from the region. The new
common names appointed in the book may spark a little controversy
but Dr Kirton gracefully justified his decisions during his speech.
The book boasts many lovely photographs, describtions on
appearance, distribution, subspecies and habits, as well as
interesting sections on butterfly ecology. It is the fourth book on the
butterflies of Singapore. Here is my line-up.
It's not an assumption to say that bird books outnumber butterfly
ones heavily in the region and in the world too. This new book is not
just a new reference; it's a symbol of the passion some people out
there have for these flying jewels. Also, I am honoured to be one of
the photo contributors to the book! Butterfly watching is growing in
popularity. I think that it's great to have more butterfly books around
to fuel the growing number of 'butterfly people.
Here's a more detailed account of the event since mine's not the
meatiest and this is the website for John Beaufoy Publishing.
Special thanks and acknowledgements to: John Beaufoy Publishing
Dr Lawrence Kirton
Pansing Distribution Pte Ltd
Gardens by the Bay