Nature never ceases to amaze us. We are delighted with the wonderful colors of the fauna and flora that populate our planet and even more when we find specimens whose chromatism goes out of the ordinary. In Supercurioso we have seen the Poecilotheria metallica, the amazing and beautiful blue tarantula or a 5 hallucinating chimeric animals and this time we wanted to approach an incredible animal: the pink Grasshopper and find out why he is doomed to die.
There are other pink animals in the world, but it is not an abundant color. In the sea we can find the Mexican walking fish or the seahorse of Barbigant, in the Amazon you can see a pink dolphin and on the ground the orchid mantis or the purple sphinx moth, in addition to the flamingos and the pink spatulas.
The Pink Grasshopper
The pink grasshopper , also known as katydid, is a "longicorn grasshopper" that belongs to one of the Orthoptera families. One of the characteristics common to the more than 6,400 species that exist is that they present cryptic colors, that is to say that they have adapted to pass unnoticed to other predatory animals. In the case of longicorn grasshoppers, they usually blend with the leaves and measure between 5 and 130 millimeters.
They are usually nocturnal animals and on summer nights it is easy to hear their call in the form of shrill sounds. This call can be both reproductive and territorial, aggressive or defensive. In many places they are known as "mountain crickets". You can differentiate them from common grasshoppers by their antennae that are as long as your entire body. They usually live for about a year if they are not predated before.
The pink grasshopper It constitutes a special group within the longicorn grasshoppers because of its pink coloration. Experts believe that possibly at the time suffered a genetic mutation and took this color to mimic a particular type of reddish plants, but now the color pink means his death sentence . There are very few katydids or pink grasshoppers since most do not reach adulthood. Their vivid color makes them much more visible to their predators than those that are green or brown.
The pink grasshopper it is considered a case of eritrism in the animal world. Erythrocytism or erythrocytosis is the unusual red pigmentation that can present both skin and hair, feathers or egg shells of some animals. It may be due to a genetic mutation or result from a certain diet.
In the case of pink grasshopper , this wonderful color means that you will live a short time. Have you seen any natural katydids? What can you tell us about them? Share it with us! If you want to meet other curious animals, we invite you to read:
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