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Prickly pear (Opuntia ficus-indica)

Prickly pear (Opuntia ficus-indica)

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BOB GIBBONS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY BOB GIBBONS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Prickly pear (Opuntia ficus-indica) in flower, in cultivation primarily for cochineal production. The cochineal bugs (Dactylopius coccus) are small white scale insects that grow on the paddles of the cacti. The insects are crushed to obtain the natural red dye carmine.

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