Huffpost Green

Rare Pink Katydid Photos

Posted: Updated:
Pink katydids are masters at disguising themselves among pink and red plants
Pink katydids are masters at disguising themselves among pink and red plants

Some types of wildlife need to stand out. The rare pink katydid is proof of that.

First discovered in 1887, TreeHugger argues you'd be more likely to spot a unicorn in the wild than one of these precious hot pink critters, especially given only one in 500 have this fluorescent glow.

SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOS

The pink coloring of some katydids is due to erythrism, an unusual reddish pigmentation that can affect the body, skin, feathers, hair or eggshells of the insect. Diet or a genetic mutation are the two causes of the condition.

Related to the crickets and grasshoppers, the two inch-long insects get their name from the 'katy-did' sounds they hymn from late summer to early fall during their prime courtship season, according to the Lake Forest Trib Local.

While you might wonder how long one of these beauties can survive amongst hungry predators, National Geographic explains these creatures are "masters of disguise" and that their pink coloring may be a form of camouflage that helps them blend in with red or pink plants.

Though thousands of katydid species can be found worldwide, only four true katydid species reside in North America, reports Lake Forest Trib Local.

Check out these breathtaking images of this unique pink katydid:

Close
Rare Pink Katydid Photos
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Can't get enough rare wildlife? Take a look at the incredible images of this unusual albino ruby-throated hummingbird below.

Around the Web

Photos of the Very Rare Pink Katydid : TreeHugger

Rare pink katydid discovered in northern Illinois — Lake Forest ...

The rare pink katydid insect - Mudfooted.com

Rare PINK katydid found | Illinois Outdoors

Forest Preserve Employee Finds Rare Pink Katydid - Lake Zurich, IL ...

Rare-pink-katydid-found-near-Lake-Forest - Lake Forester

Very Rare Pink Katydid ~ Damn Cool Pictures

 
From Our Partners