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Grasshopper of the young, pink kind

Observed: 13th June 2011 By: dan_wrench
Natural Shropshire - Biodiversity Partnership
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Simon Walker's picture

I've seen one of these...

I put it up on I-Spot, and got the following response: "A careful look at the wings shows this to be a nymph, most probably of brunneus. Purple or pink forms are not rare in the females (only?) of several species. Colour variation is more pronounced in females of grasshoppers (not bush-crickets), and nymphs are often more brightly coloured than adults." It was identified (tentatively) as a Common Field Grasshopper (Chorthippus brunneus), and while I'm no expert I think that's right.

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Thanks Simon and Wildlife

Thanks Simon and Wildlife Ranger. I've seen pink forms before so was curious to hear what they might be. I suspected it might be a nymph but wasn't sure if this form only occurred in one species.

Dan Wrench
Biodiversity Officer - Shropshire
dan.wrench@shropshire.gov.uk
www.NaturalShropshire.org.uk
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John Bratton's picture

I think the pink colour means

I think the pink colour means they have recently moulted.