Subject: Pink Katydid??
Geographic location of the bug: Pearland, Texas
Time: 12:58 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: On July 4, 2021 I was outside and saw this insect on a plant. It is very large in size. Is it a pink Katydid and how rare is the coloration? I have never seen this color on any insect. The images are unedited & the coloration of the photos are unaltered.
How you want your letter signed: TxGemini
Several species of Katydids in the genus Amblycorypha, the Oblong Winged Katydids, have several color variations, including pink as this BugGuide image illustrates. While we would not consider pink Katydids to be rare, we would say they are uncommon and definitely a treat to encounter. We have several examples of Pink Oblong Winged Katydids on our site and we never tire of posting new fabulous images like yours. The pink (magenta to a photographer) color of the Katydid against the complimentary color green background in your images is stunning. We are going to feature your submission on our scrolling feature bar. As an aside, seeing a pink Katydid on a pink flower explains how this color variation can actually act as camouflage.