Pink Katydid Spotted In Lake County Forest Preserve

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (CBS) — A rare pink katydid was spotted recently in a forest preserve in Lake County, and there may be more where it came from.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s John Cody reports, Allison Frederick, an environmental communications specialist for the Lake County Forest Preserve District, told Chicago Wildlife News she spotted the bubble gum-pink insect while hunting for dragonflies as she led a “Phenology and Photography” workshop last month.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s John Cody reports

Katydids normally live their lives looking green and thin like leaves, Frederick explained. Thus, she doesn’t think being pink would do much for their longevity.

“It limits it greatly. You know, I saw it from 10 feet away, because everything around it was green. It’s so green out there, and this is so very pink that I can’t imagine a bird flying past and not notifying it as well,” she told WBBM Newsradio.

Some katydids are pink rather than green due to erythrism, a gene mutation that changes the pigment, Chicago Wildlife News explained. About one in 500 of the insects is affected, the news source said.

Frederick found the pink katydid in the Middlefork Savanna near Lake Forest, and said she found another one had been reported there four years ago.

  • tom Sharp

    Who cares! When you spot an honest Democrat, let us know!

  • Waldi

    Or a Republican who isn’t a know-it-all smart a$$.

  • GO Southside

    @ Waldi, Why because we don’t want to implode this country from within. like the Democr@ps

  • Waldi

    Quite honestly, at this point I’m sick and tired of both parties. I”m voting for the pink katydid in 2012!

    • tom Sharp

      I’m with you–TERM LIMITS OF ONE!!!

  • Nature Lover

    Fascinating! Pink katydids are very rare. They’ve even been spotted in blue. Bugs are sooo cool. :-).


    I believe scientists refer to these rare insects as “PINK FLOYDS” because they believe they were brought back from the “DARK SIDE OF THE MOON” by accident via the Apollo Moon Missions and have adopted well to life here on Earth. Or maybe they were brought here by “A DISTANT SHIP THAT SMOKED ON THE HORIZON”. Either way, they call ’em “PINK FLOYDS”

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