While hiking at Middlefork Savanna last weekend during the Lake County Forest Presderves' Phenology and Photography workshop, Allison Frederick, an environmental communications specialist with the LCFD, found a very rare pink katydid.
First discovered back in 1887, the pink katydid is so rare that they occur once out of every 500 individuals. This coloration is the result of a condition called erythrism, similar to the recessive gene that afflicts albino animals.
Katydids are large, leaf-shaped and usually green. They are named after a song they sing: katy did katy did katy did. Their green skin makes them somewhat hard to find for insect-chowing predators. But the pink ones are not afforded the same luxury.