MARK WILLIAMSON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MARK WILLIAMSON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Cochineal beetles - Dactylopius coccus - on a prickly pear - Opuntia species - cactus in Gran Canaria. The beetles are removed from the cactus, dried, crushed and used to produce a red - carmine - dye used in food colouring, etc. Gran Canaria is the second most populous of the Canary Islands, a group of seven main islands, and a number of smaller islets, in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Morocco. The Canaries are known as autonomous communities of Spain and their economies are based largely on tourism.
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