Animals Video

By Federico Cornetto 

A lucky insect seeker was able to capture on camera an extremely rare pink cricket.

Katydids, or bush crickets, are common all across the five continents, however, their pink counterpart only occurs once every 500 individuals, according to Deri Saputa who filmed this specimen in the wild.

It’s been suggested that their colour is the result of a genetic mutation similar to albinism, perhaps an adaptation that allows the crickets to camouflage with pink or red flowers.

Deri said: “Of course pink isn’t a very common colour in the animal kingdom.

“It is the result of a condition called erythrism, similar to the recessive gene which affects albino animals.

“Pink katydids are very rare to meet.”