Rare pink grasshopper spotted in Dutch town

Pink locust spotted in Oisterwijk, 27 Jun 2017
Pink locust spotted in Oisterwijk, 27 Jun 2017. Photo: @Natuurmonument / Twitter

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.