A photographer caught a pink grasshopper.

Roeselien Raimond’s friends who take pictures. “To be honest, I was slightly envious of his great find. Raimond says, “After all, it’s about as close as you can get to a pink elephant.” Raimond also knew how unlikely this was and how silly it would be to look for one. It is more likely that you will win the lottery.

I was looking for a needle in a haystack because so many green-brown brothers were jumping around. Just as she was about to give up, she saw something pink! She had found a Pink Grasshopper herself! “He wasn’t very helpful, and even though he was a bright colour, he got away quickly. But, man, that was awesome!” says Raimond.

We don’t know much about pink grasshoppers. But their colour is likely caused by a lack of the black pigment (eumelanin) on the one hand. And an overproduction of the red pigment on the other (phaeomelanin).


Erythrism is the name for this condition, which is sometimes called a unique reddish staining of fur, hair, skin, feathers, or eggshells. People with red hair and freckles are also thought to have erythrism. Albinos may or may not have any pigment in their skin, hair, or eyes. This gives them red eyes and white or mostly white hair or fur.

Being pink doesn’t help much in a place where most things are green. A different idea is that the pink gene is recessive. For a grasshopper to have a pink baby, both parents must have the latent pink gene.


Of course, it’s possible that the color pink could be helpful, like in a field of pink flowers, as some people believe. In this case, the pink version is better than the green ones, which could lead to a pink population! Imagine how happy you’d be if you found that rare pink one!


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