31. Mr. Pink: The Pink Grasshopper

Not so long ago, one of my photo-pals found a pink grasshopper.
I have to admit: his special find made me a little bit jealous. 😉
After all it is just about the closest thing to a pink elephant!
At the same time, I realised how rare such a phenomenon actually is and how pointless to go out and look for one.
The chance  of winning the lottery is greater.

So of course we started our Pink-Grasshopper-Mission 😉
With literally thousands of green brown brothers jumping around, I felt like I was looking for a needle in a haystack….
And just when I was about to give up, I noticed something pinkish!
I had found a Pink Grasshopper myself!
He wasn’t very cooperative and despite his striking colour he managed to escape within no time.
But boy, was that cool!

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The Pink Hopper: about the closest thing to a pink elephant

 

Only little is known about pink grasshoppers, except that the colour deviation is likely to be caused by the lack of black pigment (eumelanin) and on the other hand an excessive production of the red pigment (phaeomelanin).
This phenomenon is called erythrism and is defined as an unusual reddish discolouration of fur, hair, skin, feathers or egg shells.
The combination of red hair and freckles in humans is thought to be a form of erytrism, too.

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Erythrism: an unusual reddish discolouration of fur, hair, skin, feathers or egg shells.

Albinism is characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes, resulting in partially or completely white hair or fur and red eyes.
In leucism the melanin is, at least partially, absent but the eyes retain their usual colour.
Melanism is the opposite of albinism.
An unusually high level of melanin pigmentation results in an appearance darker than non-melanistic specimens from the same gene pool.

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pink erythrism grasshopper insect rare
In a predominantly green area, being pink obviously is no benefit.

Some theories claim that the gene for the pink colour would be dominant in locusts, but that they simply don’t reach maturity due to the vulnerability that comes with this pink colour.
In a predominantly green area, being pink obviously is no benefit.

Another theory assumes that the pink gene is recessive.
Two parents with a latent pink gene are needed, to create a pink baby grasshopper.

Of course it’s thinkable that the colour pink would provide an advantage.
Like for example in a field of pink flowers.
In a case like this, the pink version would have an advantage over his green brothers and theoretically this could result in an entire pink population!
And how happy would you be when you found that one very rare green one! 😀

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In a field of pink flowers, a pink version would have an advantage. Theoretically this could result in an entire pink population!

PS. Ever noticed that  once you found something, you suddenly seem to see it everywhere?
Well…last week I noticed that there are a lot more pinkish creatures in my environment than I ever imagined!

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The Pink Tree Frog
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The Pink Fox
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The Pink Rabbit
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The Little Pink Owl
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The Pink Kitten

 

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4 thoughts on “31. Mr. Pink: The Pink Grasshopper

  1. Dear roeselien ,

    I am disappointed that you promote the pictures below the cricket as real, instead of admitting you altered colours by hand.

    Greetings,

    Sarah

    1. Dear Sarah,

      I’m sorry to read you feel mislead.
      I assumed that people who know and like my style of writing are familiar with my sense of humour and understand that there is no such thing as a pink fox 😉

      Grtz,
      Roeselien

  2. I was thinking this is likely either fake, or you have serious pollution issues in your area. Next you’ll have a photograph of a three headed dog or something.
    I found this looking up information on frog breeds (found the pink frog image in an image search of frogs). I’m afraid this didn’t help me much, but the pictures are nice nonetheless.

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