A rare sighting has been made of a pink grasshopper in Stroud.

Resident Kate Culley took a photo of her unusual discovery in the Cashes Green area of the town.

The vivid pink hue of the insect makes for a dramatic change from the usual green and brown grasshoppers that are familiar visitors during the summer months.

It seems that the unusually-coloured grasshopper is a young female meadow grasshopper.

Although not a rare species, these vivid pink female nymphs are only seen occasionally.

According to the Wiltshire and Swindon Biological Records Centre (WSBRC), some grasshoppers have genetics that can make them pink or purple-red.

It is reported that unfortunately such pink grasshoppers do not survive for long in the wild as they are easily spotted by predators.