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.
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.