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Cochineal (Dactylopius coccus)

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Cochineal insects as sold - an insect natural dye
Small Opuntia cactus  host of cochineal insects

Cochineal and lac are the only natural dyes on this website that do not come from plants.

Before microscopes where in use, European scientists argued for a long time whether cochineal was a plant, an animal or a mineral.

We now know that cochineal is produced from female scale insects that live on prickly pear cactus plants (Opuntia or nopal).

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