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A Rare Pink Grasshopper Has Been Spotted In The UK

Mary-Jane Wiltsher

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A Rare Pink Grasshopper Has Been Spotted In The UK

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

A photographer has captured incredible pictures of a rare pink grasshopper spotted in the wild in the UK.

Young female meadow grasshoppers can be a pink or purple-red shade before they develop the characteristic green colouring we know them for.

While the meadow grasshopper itself isn't a rare species, vivid pink female 'nymphs' like this one are only seen very occasionally.

Young female meadow grasshoppers can be a pink or purple-red shade before they develop green coating (Credit SWNS)
Young female meadow grasshoppers can be a pink or purple-red shade before they develop green coating (Credit SWNS)

Calvin Lee, 42, first captured a photo of the rare insect about five years ago - and then made it his mission to beat the odds and find another.

He headed back to Messingham Quarry in Scunthorpe, Lincolshire, where he spotted the first one - and couldn't believe his luck when he found another.

Calvin, who works as a wedding photographer by trade, was able to snap these three photos - which show the grasshopper peering over a plant to look at the camera.

Calvin said: "I'm so glad I got the picture. I told my wife and she was jumping up and down."

It's said that such pink grasshoppers don't survive for long in the wild as they are easily spotted by predators - which explains their rarity.

Vivid pink female 'nymphs' like this one are only seen very occasionally. (Credit: SWNS)
Vivid pink female 'nymphs' like this one are only seen very occasionally. (Credit: SWNS)

Elsewhere in the world of nature, spring 2020 saw the UK's largest bird of prey return to England's skies for the first time in over 240 years.

White-tailed eagles were last seen in England all the way back in 1780 (but they stuck around in Scotland until around 1916).

Now the large sea eagles have been given another chance thanks to Forestry England and the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation, and are gradually returning to their former habitats.

The two conservation organisations released a small group of the eagles into the Isle of Wight last year with GPS trackers on them, so they remained closely monitored.

The White-tailed eagle is easy to spot (Credit: PA)
The White-tailed eagle is easy to spot (Credit: PA)

And while the birds seemed sedentary in winter, the GPS has shown that they have moved around a lot more as the weather heats up, visiting various parts of England, including Somerset, Kent and Norfolk.

Topics: Life News, Nature

Mary-Jane Wiltsher
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