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Couple stunned to find extremely rare pink grasshopper

Pink grasshoppers are affected by a genetic mutation known as erythrism, which causes a reddish discoloration.

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A couple were stunned to find an extremely rare PINK grasshopper while cleaning their garage. (Sam Read via SWNS)

By Grace Piercy and Ben Turner via SWNS

A couple were stunned to find an extremely rare PINK grasshopper while cleaning their garage.

The insect - no bigger than a thumbnail - was spotted taking refuge on a car bumper before springing to a wall.

Antony and Samantha Read, both 50, said they'd never seen a pink grasshopper before.

The radiant insects are extremely rare, with experts saying there is a 1% chance of seeing one during a person's lifetime.

A couple were stunned to find an extremely rare PINK grasshopper while cleaning their garage. (Sam Read via SWNS)

The couple spotted the insect at their home in West Raynham, near Fakenham, England.

Samantha Read, a beauty therapist, said: "We've been in Norfolk for six years and never seen so many different bugs.

"It was only about the size of a thumbnail.

"My husband is really interested in insects so he took a picture. It was only when he zoomed in that he noticed the color."

Pink grasshoppers are affected by a genetic mutation known as erythrism, which causes a reddish discoloration due to the overproduction of certain pigments.

The brightly colored insects do not survive for long in the wild as they are easily spotted by predators

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