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Pink Meadow Grasshopper

Observed: 9th June 2011 By: Simon WalkerSimon Walker’s reputation in InvertebratesSimon Walker’s reputation in InvertebratesSimon Walker’s reputation in InvertebratesSimon Walker’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

This looks like an ordinary meadow grasshopper in everything but colour. There are references to pink grasshoppers and crickets on the internet, but there seems to be some doubt as to what the cause is; it could be genetic, or perhaps environmental?

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LordMuzzy's picture

Female Meadow Grasshopper

Some Females of this species are known to have this pink colouration.

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Why?

That's really interesting; but why should they be so brightly coloured as nymphs? You'd think that it would make them easy prey. If they were yellow and black it might make sense, but bright pink seems unlikely to improve the survival rate. Any theories?

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Colours

Birds for example and some mamals see different wavelengths of light to us like the UV (ultraviolet) spectrum so what we see could be completely different to what a potential predator sees. Just a theory!