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Noun1.Dactylopius - type genus of the Dactylopiidae
arthropod genus - a genus of arthropods
Dactylopiidae, family Dactylopiidae - cochineal insects
cochineal insect, Dactylopius coccus, cochineal - Mexican red scale insect that feeds on cacti; the source of a red dye
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Further, a highly appreciated natural dye based on carminic acid is obtained from cultivated Dactylopius coccus Costa (Hemiptera: Dactylopiidae) reared on the cladode.
opuntiae extract is water soluble (Gibaja 1998) and is a feeding deterrent for predators of Dactylopius spp.
Dactylopius coccus, is commonly sun-dried, crushed and dipped in an alcohol solution to create carminic acid--the pigment which eventually becomes the colorant carmine or cochineal extract for use in food and beverages.
Today we know them as Dactylopius coccus, or simply as cochineal.
They were successfully controlled only in the 1930s after the introduction of their natural enemies including some species of the genus Dactylopius.
Four native herbivores were examined: Chetinidea vittiger aequoris McAtee (Hemiptera: Coreidae), Dactylopius confusus Cocker ell (Coleoptera: Dactylopiidae), Diaspis echinocacti Bouche (Hemiptera: Diaspididae), and Gerstaeckeria hubbardi LeConte (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) (Table 1).
1999) and in Dactylopius coccus Costa (Dactylopiidae) (Guerra & Kosztarab 1992).
Further insecticide trial for the control of Cactoblastis cactorum (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) as well as Dactylopius opuntiae (Hemiptera: Dactylopiidae) on spineless cactus.