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pink grasshopper - Chortophaga viridifasciata - female

pink grasshopper - Chortophaga viridifasciata - Female
Cedartown, Polk County, Georgia, USA
March 30, 2008
I found this grasshopper while watering my landscape. Thinking it was part of the flower, I was amazed when it jumped in my direction. Searching the internet I was very disappointed and yet intrigued that I could not find anything that matched the specimen that I had found. After continuing to search I was excited to find one like it on this site! As much as I wanted to keep this special little creature I did set it free in the exact same spot that I found it in.



Chortophaga viridifasciata
Hi, It is a female nymph of this species, almost grown up. The pink/rose/purple (different people call it differently) form is not rare, but is not nearly so common as the green and brown forms, which both (especially the green ones) may have a bit of pink on them too.

You are in a part of the world where Chortophaga viridifasciata and australior meet and intergrade (many intermediates occur), but the coloration of this one is typical of first "species". In fact your nymph probably grew up to look almost exactly like the "vaguely similar" adult thumbnail shown here. The two names would probably better be considered as subspecies or regional variants, but they are now called species by most. If you see some with dark bars across the hind femur (thick part of the leg) and on the front wings (when grown up) then you are looking at C. australior.

pink grasshopper
I cropped your image and moved it to a grasshopper guide page. Perhaps an expert will see it here.

I have always wondered what t
I have always wondered what those were called, but now I know they are called the painted meadow grasshopper, I think.

We have some vaguely similar
images under Chortophaga, such as the adult , but we have some good grasshopper experts here who can give you some serious advice.

Food related coloring
I've seen similar colors in individuals of several different species of grasshoppers that are usually not pink. I think they are picking up anthocyan from the flowers and red plant leaves that they are eating - probably during development.

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