Nature’s Pink Camouflage

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Some insects are like rock stars: they like to be flashy and stick out with an unusual appearance. Yes, we’re talking about insects that sport a shocking pink color. If you’ve ever seen one and thought that was it, you were wrong; there are more! Find out why some insects wear shades of pink and which ones do so too. We’ve dug out six for you. Spot on.


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6. The Pink Katydids: Punk Rock

Shocking pink katydid

Gotta love the name of the first insect: katydid. Try saying it fast: pink katydid. It has a ring to it, definitely. But we’re digressing. Here are the facts.

The pink coloring of some katydids is due to a condition called erythrism, an unusual reddish pigmentation that can affect an animal’s body, skin, feathers, hair or eggshells. It is caused by diet or a genetic mutation that either leads to the absence of a normal pigment or the excessive production of another. In katydids, the pink coloring might be a kind of camouflage that hides them on reddish or pinkish plants.

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What do you mean who painted me?

Katydids belong to the Tettigoniidae family and are also called bush crickets or long-horned grasshoppers, though they are more closely related to crickets. Unlike grasshoppers, which have long, thick antennae, katydids have long, thin sensory appendages that can even exceed their own body length.

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