Location: Costa Rica
March 21, 2012 11:37 pm
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.
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.