No, it’s not a creature from Pokemon Go – it’s an unusual grasshopper spotted at Wallbridge.
Stroud Town Council’s Green Spaces Team are keeping the grass long in the area to allow the wildflowers and grasses to set seed which supports wildlife such as insects, reptiles and birds.
Paul Sergeant, Online Community Manager at Ecotricity, spotted the pink grasshopper.
It is a common field grasshopper in nymph stage (a youngster) that has an unusual genetic mutation called ‘Erythrism’ – an unusual reddish pigmentation of an animal’s fur, hair, skin, feathers, or eggshells.
“The pink grasshopper nymphs rarely make it to adulthood due to their conspicuous appearance, making them easy targets for predators but they are certainly pleasant to look at,” said Mr Sergeant.
“You don’t need to install a smart phone app to find rare and fascinating creatures while wandering around Stroud town centre.
“Outside the Ecotricity Office in Wallbridge over the past few weeks I have observed a great number of bee species foraging on the abundance of flowers that have been planted by the town council’s Green Spaces team.
“Not only do these flowers provide pollen and nectar for bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other biodiversity but they also look great too.”