Flamingos aside, the color pink in the animal kingdom is a great deal. A notable exception is the pink katydid. Yet this is by no means a separate species – this coloring affects around one in 500. You may have already guessed that the condition is something similar to albinism.
Known as erythrism, the condition causes a curious reddish pigmentation. It can affect the body of an insect as well as its skin, and it is so rare that it was not noticed by western scientists until 1887. The reason for this oversight was perhaps due to the inclination of the insect to remain perfectly still during daylight hours. Yet in the evening the katydids undergo something of a behavioral transformation. They become active, feeding and singing, using their acute sense of smell to guide them to their food, rotten fruit being one of their favourites.
They have few enemies – bats being one of them. Perhaps their most deadly foes, however, are preying mantid species.