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Collecting cochineal bugs

Collecting cochineal bugs

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JIM WEST / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY JIM WEST / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption

Textile worker collecting cochineal bugs (Dactylopius coccus). These small white scale insects live on Opuntia cacti. A natural red dye called carmine is obtained by crushing cochineal bugs. Photographed in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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