cochineal

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Synonyms for cochineal

a red dyestuff consisting of dried bodies of female cochineal insects

Related Words

Mexican red scale insect that feeds on cacti

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In a glasshouse at Victoria's Keith Turnbull Research Institute (KTRI), a force of cochineal insects is being marshalled for a renewed assault on the prickly pear.
Cochineal insects feed on a certain type of cactus native to South America and Mexico.
1) Nikiforuk makes a simple entomological error here: several pages are devoted to cochineal insects as if they were beetles; they are, in fact, scale insects, close relatives of aphids.
I find the value of cochineal insects to their "keepers" remarkable and Waldbauer introduces this world in a colorful way.
This strong red-crimson pigment is derived from cochineal insects, which have been fed exclusively on the nopal cactus.