Hemiptera: True Bugs and Relatives - Alex Wild Photography
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Dactylopius - Cochineal scale

Dactylopius - Cochineal scale

The white fluff adorning this prickly pear hides cochineal, a sap-feeding scale insect famous for the red dye it produces when crushed.

Archbold Biological Station, Florida, USA

DactylopiusHemipteraSternorrhynchaCochineal