Location: Costa Rica
March 21, 2012 11:37 pm
Dear Bugman,
I’m used to seeing katydids of various shapes and sizes here in Costa Rica, but they have all been some shade of green. I was taken aback when I saw this pink one on my balcony this morning. Is this a mutant? I put him on my flowers for a photo and noticed him eating the flowers which are also his color. Is this color a result of his diet? Just curious. Thanks.
Signature: Jori

Pink Katydid

Dear Jori,
Pink is not an uncommon color variation in a North American Katydid,
Amblycorypha oblongifolia, which your specimen greatly resembles.  Here is a photo from BugGuide and we have numerous examples in our archive.

Location: Costa Rica

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