A very rare pink grasshopper has been sighted in Wales: a man, Gary Philipps, while pruning the plants in his garden, photographed the animal. The animal is a common green grasshopper, with a different chromatic color, in this case pink.
The 65-year-old man explained: "I had never heard of it before. I had to focus closely on what I had seen and I realized it was a pink grasshopper which I thought must be rare." BCC said people would only have a 1% chance Mr.
Phillips also had the opportunity to walk away, get his camera and find the Orthopter exactly where he left it. As mentioned, the animal is a common green grasshopper. The pink color in this case is due to a mutation in a recessive gene, which results in a condition called erythrism.
This genetic mutation is characterized by an excessive production of red pigments, which in turn cause the pink livery.
(Photo Credits: pic by Gary Philipps)
However, even if the color is beautiful, it is dangerous for the animal, as it destroys the cryptism, the ability to blend into the surrounding environment.
A pink grasshopper immediately becomes visible on the greenery and then turns into easy prey. The green grasshopper It is commonly found in grassy areas, mainly uncultivated meadows, fields, bushes and even woods, but it has also been reported in urban contexts; as altitude, it can be found up to 1800 meters.
It is widespread in most of the Palaearctic ecozone, from Western Europe to China. The feet of the green grasshopper are able to adhere perfectly to the substrate on which they rest, both thanks to their particular conformation and thanks to a sticky fluid they release, allowing it to walk even on smooth or vertical surfaces.
The green grasshopper mainly feeds on other insects, but does not disdain vegetables. It is an excellent flyer and is active both during the day and at night, like all carnivorous grasshoppers, it can bite painfully if caught.
The adult is active from July to October. The female lays her eggs very deep underground; the minimum time for hatching is one and a half years, but it can go up to five years. The nymph is quite similar to the adult, and goes through a series of moults before maturing; the wings and the ovipositor appear between moults.