‘Shockingly’ pink katydid discovered in Lake County
This bug’s got style: A rare katydid sporting bubble-gum pink coloring was found recently in Lake County.
The leaf-shaped insect, which is usually green, bears a condition called erythrism, which alters the pigment in critters and affects about one out of every 500 katydids.
Allison Frederick, environmental communications specialist for Lake County Forest Preserves discovered the bug early in the morning on July 23 at Middlefork Savanna near Lake Forest.
While helping lead a “Phenology and Photography” workshop, she was hunting for dragonflies in the wetlands when she spotted a flash of bright pink against a green bush.
“It really kind of shocked me when I saw that, and I got closer and closer and then I got so excited,” Frederick said. “I knew it was something different. Looking at insects, you never see pink.”