The pink colouring is caused by a genetic mutation
An "unusual" pink grasshopper has been discovered during a wildlife event at a Devon nature reserve.
The insect was found by 11-year-old Daniel Tate at Seaton Marshes near Sidmouth.
He said he thought it was a flower until he saw it jump and then he realised it was a grasshopper.
The insect was later identified by wildlife officers as a young adult meadow grasshopper, which has been born pink through genetic mutation.
Daniel, who attended the "mini-beasts" event with his great grandfather, said: "I was looking for grasshoppers when I saw something pink.
"I thought it was a flower but I saw it moving, so I tried to catch it. It jumped and then I knew it was a grasshopper."
James Chubb, education ranger for East Devon District Council, said: "There are billions of meadow grasshoppers across England but this is the first pink one I have ever seen.
"It is caused by a genetic mutation in its reproductive cycle.
"It's almost a full adult, so if it has survived this long being bright pink there is a chance it will live to reproduce and pass on its pink gene."
He said grasshoppers of different colours were "unusual" but not unheard of.