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