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Pink Grasshopper Relaxes In The Reeds By A Lake In Ipswich

A rare pink grasshopper can be seen in pictures relaxing on the grassy reeds around a small lake in Ipswich, Suffolk.

A rare pink grasshopper has been spotted relaxing on the grassy reeds around a small lake in Ipswich, Suffolk

With its candyfloss-colored body and legs combined white eyes, the insect didn’t stand a chance of keeping a low profile in its beautiful green surroundings.

The pink coloring is caused due to a rare genetic mutation that means the grasshopper produces more of a reddish protein.

The pink colouring is caused by a genetic mutation that means the insect produces more of a reddish protein

The spectacular images were captured by amateur photographer Richard Taylor, who was out for a stroll on his lunch break when the bright grasshopper caught his eye.

Mr Taylor, of Ipswich, Suffolk, said: ‘I was just out for a walk with my camera when I saw it sat on the reeds around the little lake trying its best to blend in.

The rare pink grasshopper was spotted in the reeds at a lake near Ipswich, Suffolk

‘People have asked me if it was hard to spot because they’re so rare but it’s not exactly difficult when something is bright pink.’

Grasshoppers are usually green, brown or a combination of the two, so they can blend into their background.

The pink insect owes its color to a rare genetic mutation called erythrism that is similar to albinism.

Another rare pink grasshopper was spotted in Lincolnshire last August, captured by keen wildlife photographer Calvin Taylor-Lee, from Sheffield

The mutation can cause either the reduction of the grasshoppers’ normal pigment as well as an increase in the production of a red pigment.

This produces a bizarre pink color that is extremely rare in the wild. Unfortunately, only a few pink grasshoppers make it to adulthood as they are easily spotted by predators.

In 2011, Noah Battelley and Meg Willis, both seven, spotted this inch-long, hot pink grasshopper at Dersingham Fen, close to their homes in west Norfolk

While most people would be lucky to get a shot of just one of these bugs in their lifetimes, Richard actually spotted another rosy-hued hopper in the same spot last year and believed they might be related.

Sadly, only few pink grasshoppers make it to adulthood as they are easily spotted by predators.

Both photos were taken on a Canon 7D Mk II using a Sigma 150mm macro lens.

Richard said: ‘Incredibly both sightings, this one and the one a year ago, were just a few feet apart. I very much doubt it’s the same one and it could be a coincidence.

‘But we might also have a family of pink grasshoppers living in Ipswich.’

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