Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Shocking Pink Bug

This katydid was photographed in 2005, in Lake Erie Metro Park in Wayne County, Michigan.

Pink katydids are extremely rare; about 1 in 500 katydids are born this way. The color is the result of a condition called erythrism - it's a similar effect to animals who are born albino. As opposed to the usual coloring, pink katydids have no camouflage advantage.