It has been brought to the author’s attention that the Pink Dragon Millipede is not the sole pink specimen in the insect world; the pink amblycorypha katydid is equally pink, and no less charming at cocktail parties. In accordance with this discovery, the author would like to introduce a short run of “pretty in pink,” a series on roseate members of the animal world. Whether their behaviors are as rosy as their hues remains to be seen.
The second member in our series (following the Dragon Millipede, naturally) is, as noted above, the pink amblycorypha katydid, a romantic soul and a genetic anomaly belonging to the species western round-winged katydid (Amblycorypha parvipennis). Like other katydids, this specimen (should it prove to be a hetero male secure enough in his masculinity to wear pink) will provide a “nuptial gift” of a spermatophore, a nutritious little ball of ejaculate, to his loving bride.
What the author of BV would like to know is: will that little love-token be equally pink, and mightn’t the female katydid prefer something by way of a box of chocolates?