03/07/2012 07:34 pm ET Updated Mar 08, 2012

Rare Pink Katydid Photos

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.


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:

Rare Pink Katydid Photos

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