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Pink bug taken in lower corner of Michigan - Amblycorypha oblongifolia - female

Pink bug taken in lower corner of Michigan - Amblycorypha oblongifolia - Female
Lake Erie Metro Park, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
September 17, 2005
Size: 2.5 inches long
I have never seen a bug in Michigan of this color.

It looks like a katydid?????

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Pink bug taken in lower corner of Michigan - Amblycorypha oblongifolia - female Pink bug taken in lower corner of Michigan - Amblycorypha oblongifolia - female Pink bug taken in lower corner of Michigan - Amblycorypha oblongifolia - female


Saw one yesterday...
at the Audubon Insectarium here in New Orleans. They were in a display box next to the green ones. I thought they looked too cool.

pink katydid
A lady i work with has a grandson that took a picture of on just like this yesterday 8/11/2010 in his back yard in Luling, La. (subburb of new orleans). I have never seen on like this. very cool looking.

park location
Lake Erie Metropark is actually in southern Wayne County, MI. (near the border of Monroe county)

article about pink katydid

Looks as if it got ready for Valentine's day! LOL!

pink katydid
I have nothing constructive to add but couldn't pass up the opportunity to add...
Monroe County, MI? Isn't that where the nuclear reactor is located (Fergie or something). Strange pink bugs=nuclear reactor, I think.
Seriously though, great capture! Have never seen this.

I think you meant the Fermi 2
I think you meant the Fermi 2 plant... close to "fergie" sounding though, lol ;-)

Thank You For the info and the comments :D
I added a third photo of the Katydid that was untouched by Photoshop.
Sorry if it caused problems but I let Photoshop auto adjust without thinking. As you can see by the third photo of the Katydid is truly shocking pink. I owe this find to someone else that was looking at this and I saw the pink from 40 feet away and walked up to him to see what he was looking at.

Thanks again

Thanks for the additional documentation.
I saw the first image before any comments were posted. I was dumbfounded. Then it occurred to me that the image -- as good as it is -- may have been retouched.

Do they ordinarily hide in pink flowers? What could be the purpose of such a color?

Nice photos! Lucky you!

What an amazing insect! Does anyone know if they lose their color if they are collected? Great photos!

Cool !!!!!
Really amazing creature, I want see by live ))))

Color shift
I have seen photos of the color variation of the Katydids in intense orange-red and banana yellow but have not seen one this vibrantly, flamingo pink. They are obviously anomalous. And I can't imagine that the ones that attain this color last long in the bug-eat-bug world. It scares me to think how much digital power I would have burned on this easter Katydid.

I looked it up, and now I'm a believer. Sorry for doubting. What an amazing color! See comparison shot here

Is this
an April fools joke? Are these colors real?

Enhanced, maybe:-)
Looks like Fujicolor of Photoshop. Hahahaha! Seriously, pink katydids are a known phenomenon, especially in Amblycorypha sp., of which this specimen is a female. Oh, sorry, common name is roundheaded katydid, which applies to entire genus. Specimens like this are very rarely seen and, assuming this is not an altered image, easily the most intense version I've ever seen.

I picked up one of these in F
I picked up one of these in Florida once, but I must say, not this intense!

I hate to say it, but thanks ebaums world. I didn't get pictures of it, but I friend of mine and I saw a gold (looked like 14k jewelery gold) very shiney, almost metalic. The body looked like a lady bug. I know the description is vague, but has anyone heard of this? It was found in Mid- Michigan.

Next time
you'd better place this kind of questions in the "general discussion" forum where more people will see it and answer it. What you saw is probably a tortoise beetle. Take a look at the pictures, although no photo can do justice to their iridescence.

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