Rare PINK katydid found

Rare PINK katydid found

This came in from the Lake County Forest Preserve District.

Keep your eyes open when hiking through the woods or walking along a bankd to go fishing.  You never know what you will find.   Interesting isn't it?

Nature Note: Rare katydid found While hiking at Middlefork Savanna this past Saturday during our Phenology and Photography workshop, I found a very rare pink katydid. See attached photos.   First discovered back in 1887, the pink katydid is so rare that they occur once out of every 500 individuals. This coloration is the result of a condition called erythrism, similar to the recessive gene that afflicts albino animals.   Katydids are large, leaf-shaped and usually green. They are named after a song they sing: katy did katy did katy did. Their green skin makes them somewhat hard to find for insect-chowing predators. But the pink ones are not afforded the same luxury.   Thought you would appreciate this exciting discovery.   Sincerely,  Allison

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