Cochineal insects on prickly pear cactus

Cochineal insects on prickly pear cactus

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

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