Cochineal Bugs

Cochineal Bugs

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Credit: ALAN & LINDA DETRICK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Cochineal bugs (Dactylopius confusus) on a cow tongue cactus (Opuntia lindheimeri). Cochineal bugs, when crushed, make a natural red dye.

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Keywords: animal, arthropod, arthropoda, biological, biology, carmine red dye, coccidae, cochineal bug, cochineal scale, dactylopiidae, dactylopius, dactylopius confusus, fauna, hemiptera, hemipteran, homoptera, homopteran, infestation, insect, insecta, opuntia cactus, waxy covering, waxy scale, zoological, zoology

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