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

Dactylopius - Cochineal scale

A heavy load of cochineal scale- famous for its red dye when crushed- coats a prickly pear cactus. Brackenridge Field Laboratory, Austin, Texas, USA.

DactylopiusOpuntiaScale insectscochinealred dyeHemipteraHomopteraSternorrhynchaDactylopiidae