Cochineal insects parasitizing a cactus

Cochineal insects parasitizing a cactus

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Caption: Cochineal insects (Dactylopius coccus) parasitizing a prickly pear cactus stem (Opuntia sp.). This sessile (immobile) insect derives its moisture and nutrients from the cactus sap.

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