Unveiling the Enigmatic Pink Grasshopper: Nature’s Colorful Marvel

This animal was first discovered in the center of Salford city (UK). The body is covered in pink due to a rare genetic mutation that occurs in animals.

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According to research, the discoloration phenomenon that occurs in grasshoppers is due to a genetic mutation, called erythrism or erythema.

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It causes the insect’s body to produce more red pigment, and less dark pigment. This type of unusual mutation is mainly caused by a recessive gene, which is common in albino animals.

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Although it possesses a unique color, this is also the reason why it becomes a target for other predators, because it stands out among the green forest. Therefore, pink grasshoppers often hide under red, orange or similarly colored foliage to avoid the eyes of predators.

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In fact, the rate of encountering pink grasshoppers is very low, only about 1%. Not too many people in the world can witness this insect in real life.

 

Besides the difference in body color, they seem to have similar living habits to common grasshoppers.

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