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

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

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 could be a young female meadow grasshopper which, thanks to its genetic make-up, can be pink or purple-red.

The meadow grasshopper not a rare species, but vivid pink female nymphs are only seen occasionally. 

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

Ms Culley has clearly been very lucky to chance such a spotting.