Dactylopius coccus

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Related to Dactylopius coccus: Cochineal scale
  • noun

Synonyms for Dactylopius coccus

Mexican red scale insect that feeds on cacti

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Biosystematics of the family Dactylopiidae (Homoptera: Coccinea) with emphasis on the life cycle of Dactylopius coccus Costa.
Biologia y morfologia de la cochinilla del carmin, Dactylopius coccus Costa (Homoptera: Dactylopiidae), Revista peruana de Entomologia 20: 115-20.
Dactylopius coccus, is commonly sun-dried, crushed and dipped in an alcohol solution to create carminic acid--the pigment which eventually becomes the colorant carmine or cochineal extract for use in food and beverages.
Today we know them as Dactylopius coccus, or simply as cochineal.