AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas woman snapped a photograph of a rare sight -- a pink grasshopper that her son found in her garden.
Alison Barger told KXAN the grasshopper was spotted by her 3-year-old son, Brooks.
“We believe these funky individuals to be a rare morph of the common meadow grasshopper,” Hillman wrote in a blog for the magazine.
Hillman said the mutation is called erythrism, and it’s caused by a recessive gene similar to the one that affects albino animals, KXAN reported.
“This mutation results in one of two things happening or even a combination of the two; a reduce or even absence of the normal pigment and/or the excessive production of other pigments,” Hillman wrote in the National Geographic blog.
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