Green-fingered enthusiasts are used to finding insects when they tend to their garden. However, one gardener found a very unique bug when she helped a family member out recently – a pink grasshopper.
Kate Culley told South West News Service she spotted the rare insect at her grandmother’s garden in Gloucestershire.
The 41-year-old was reported by AOL.co.uk as saying: “I was surprised – you don’t expect to see a pink grasshopper.”
She went on to say: “It was unusual. I’ve never seen one like that before.”
While Britain is not known for its brightly coloured grasshoppers, sightings of them have been recorded in the past.
Victoria Hillman wrote a blog for National Geographic magazine in 2013, recalling how she and her research team came across not one but six pink grasshoppers.
She had not anticipated seeing the bugs in real life, especially in the wild, writing: “They do exist but rarely make it to adulthood as they are easily picked off by predators as they are so conspicuous against the green foliage compared to the normal green and brownish morphs which is one of the reasons they are hardly ever seen.”
A pink grasshopper was also seen by an amateur photographer in 2017 near Ipswich. Richard Taylor managed to snap a photo of the impressive creature after catching sight of it when he was taking a stroll on his lunch break.
He told the Daily Mail he saw it sat on the reeds of a lake in Suffolk, immediately spotting it due to its bright, eye-catching colour.
Pink grasshoppers are the result of a rare genetic mutation called erythrism. This means their natural pigmentation – green or brown – is lower, while production of a red pigment is higher.
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