Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
Rare pink grasshopper spotted in Hoofddorp
It’s unlikely that you will ever really see one, but it happened to Suzanne Wieringh in Hoofddorp: she spotted a pink grasshopper. The rare animal was in her garden.
Suzanne wanted to pick up her daughter’s shoe when she saw something that was pinkish. “At first I thought it was a rose petal, but then it started to jump,” she says to the regional broadcasting organisation of North Holland.
A professor of entomology at Wageningen University explains that the phenomenon is known among biologists as erythrism. This is a deviation which is similar to albinism, only erythrism causes a reddish color instead of white.
It is difficult to determine how many pink grasshoppers are born. These grasshoppers quickly fall prey to predators because of their poor camouflage.
This 13 June 2016 video from the Netherlands shows various grasshopper species making sounds.
Marianne Wever in the Netherlands, maker of this 20 June 2016 video, writes that while planting plants in her garden she had inadvertently blocked the entrance to an earth bumblebee nest. Quickly, she restored the entrance and started filming.