Rare pink grasshopper spotted in Dutch town
Forester Wim Hoogstraaten from Oisterwijk almost couldn't believe his eyes when he spotted a bright pink grasshopper at the visitors' center of Natuurmonumenten in Oisterwijk on Tuesday. Luckily he got over his shock quickly enough to snap a picture.
Forester Frans Kapteijns describes the pink grasshopper as a "very special species", and very rare in the province of Noord-Brabant. "You mostly see them in limestone areas", he said to Omroep Brabant.
According to Natuurmonumenten, a nature conservation organization in the Netherlands, the pink color is very rare. The phenomenon is called erythrism, and is comparable to albinism in humans.