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Dactylopius coccus | by Dick Culbert
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Dactylopius coccus

A scale insect hiding under this exuded scruff on Opuntia cacti produces a red dye when smeared. This is valued as a 'natural' coloring known as Cochineal for lipsticks etc. YUK!

 

 

 

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Taken on January 23, 2013