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Synonyms for cochineal

a red dyestuff consisting of dried bodies of female cochineal insects

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Mexican red scale insect that feeds on cacti

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Miller as hosts of the cochineal insect (Dactylopius coccus Costa (Homoptera: Dactylopiidae) in a semiarid area of northeastern Mexico.
The effects of simulated and natural rainfall on cochineal insects (Homoptera Dactylopiidae) colony distribution and survival on cactus cladodes.
Wind dispersal and settling of first-instar crawlers of the cochineal insect Dactylopius austrinus (Homoptera Dactylopiidae).
A gentle breeze can spread the insects over short distances, to other cacti, but strong gusts often have fatal consequences for cochineal insects, especially when accompanied by rain.
23) A number of efforts were made, during the decades that followed, to obtain cochineal insects from the Americas, secretly, but all efforts to transplant them either to European greenhouses or to the Caribbean colonies ended in failure.
Anderson's letter informed Joseph Banks of the possibility that cochineal insects had been discovered living on a species of prolific salt-grass growing in sandy wastelands along the southeastern coast of India.
It is also a homage to the island's industrial heritage of dye production, whereby cochineal insects would feed on cacti before being harvested for their rich crimson blood.
This strong red-crimson pigment is derived from cochineal insects, which have been fed exclusively on the nopal cactus.
Elizabeth I had hers made with a combination of cochineal insects (which are red), the Acacia tree extract gum Arabic, egg whites, and fig milk.
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 were one of 52 insect species brought to Australia early this century as potential prickly pear combatants.