It must be the year of pink insects. The mania began with "Pinky" the katydid, which then led to "Pepto". As those two bugs grew in fame and reputation, I heard about several other pink Orthopterans. Actually, I don't believe there are any more glowing pink insects on the landscape; it's just that the widespread attention garnered by the aforementioned pinksters made people aware that someone might be interested in their finds, so they reported them.
Now, we have a pink bug of a very different type. Sandy Brown, who is an excellent photographer and very good field observer, sent me the following photo yesterday. She found this critter the other day in the Akron area and it's a doozy.
While exploring an old field, Sandy noticed something peculiar on the old inflorescence of a Queen Anne's Lace. It's an eye-catcher and certainly warranted closer inspection.
Anyway, the other more obvious coolness factor here is that one of the stink bugs is PINK, or if we wish to wax technical, erythrochroic. Stink bugs are plant juice suckers in the order Hemiptera. I have no idea how common pink hemipterans might be, but Sandy's creature is a rather extraordinary beast.
If anyone knows more about records of Marmorated Brown Stink Bugs in Ohio, or pink hemipterans, please let me know.
Thanks to Sandy for sharing her find!