Rare Pink Katydids

The Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans just bred these rare pink katydids and I find them captivating/delicious.

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Pink Katydid Facts:
• The parental katydids, both pink, were brought to Audubon Insectarium during
the summer of 2008 as donations by visitors.
• The pink katydids were sent off to Cokie Bauder, Manager of Animal Collections
at the Insectarium’s Insect Rearing Facility, for supervision and care.
• The pink katydids are oblong-winged katydids, Amblycorypha oblongifolia.
• This unusual katydid coloration was first written about in a scientific article in
• The first and only available scientific research paper on the genetics of this
coloration and captive breeding was conducted by Dr. Joseph Hancock and
published in February 1916.
• No scientific records appear to exist for the offspring of two pink parents. It
appears that Hancock was only able to successfully produce viable offspring from
crosses of one pink female to one green male.


  1. #1 julia goolia
    February 17, 2009

    Fashionable melanism?

  2. #2 Erin
    February 17, 2009

    This is kind of freaking me out. It’s like some weird cross between an insect and a flamingo.

  3. #3 Rob Jase
    February 17, 2009

    Oddly attractive. Perhaps I’m just bored with the green.

  4. #4 Julie Stahlhut
    February 17, 2009

    Wow, those are just gorgeous. Valentine’s Day katydids!

  5. #5 The Ridger
    February 17, 2009

    Those are freaky – in several ways. I would think birds would snap them up – or do they get freaked, too?

  6. #6 nurby
    February 17, 2009

    oh how exciting. Your site is my home page and this was such a nice treat to see. Thanks!

  7. #7 Hilary Minor
    February 18, 2009

    They are gorgeous! “Think Pink” – that’s what I say. Pink rules, OK?

  8. #8 Gindy
    February 18, 2009

    Lovely! Like living jewels. Pink sapphires come to mind or maybe morganite

  9. #9 Matt
    February 19, 2009

    I had a pinkish-purple katydid in my garden here in Arkansas a few years back. Showed it to a few folks, but let it live out in the garden. I should have sent it in for breeding!

  10. #10 Lauren Thibault
    February 19, 2009

    I am so thrilled you cover this because I am a manager at the Insectarium where these are!!! It is awesome to make it to your blog!!!

    FYI – the first one that we had hatch out was named Floyd by the staff (… as in Pink Floyd).

  11. #11 amber
    May 6, 2009

    im currently living in new zealand and i have 1 of theese hiding in a pink flower in my garden. pretty cool bugs.

  12. #12 gmduggan
    July 24, 2009

    Wow! I found one of these in the Winding Stair Mountains in south east Oklahoma. I passed it off as maybe a recent hatchling or something. Didn’t know I was looking at a rarity. Doh!

    Glad I got pics

  13. #13 kelebek sohbet
    October 29, 2009

    They are gorgeous!

  14. #14 sarah
    June 9, 2010

    We found a pink katydid in Florida. It was doing fine but today it looks like it is going to die. Maybe it is molting?

  15. #15 Patrick Oakes
    June 22, 2010

    I was weed whacking in the trailer park I help run in Lake Port Florida and ran across a pink katydid almost got it with the weed whacker thank god i stopped! I brought it to my honey because she loves the color pink and for the 1st time she didn’t scream. If you want to see pictures contact me @ posh7226@gmail.com

  16. #16 çağlar tekno
    July 27, 2010

    FYI – the first one that we had hatch out was named Floyd by the staff (… as in Pink Floyd).

  17. #17 Martin Hora
    October 11, 2010

    I am looking for someone who can send me eggs of those pink katydids.

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