Red-legged Grasshopper - Melanoplus femurrubrum (Pink Morph)
Grade 5-6 students at St-Laurent Academy are studying grasshopper populations at Macoun Marsh. Since last year, pink varieties of the Melanoplus grasshopper have been found. We are trying to find out how common they are within their population.
Of 31 specimens caught on Friday, only 2 exhibited the pink colours. We cooled down their body temperature so we could observe them, then we released the insects.