lac insect


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lac insect

n.
Any of various scale insects that secrete lac, especially Kerria lacca (syn. Laccifer lacca) of southern Asia.

lac insect

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1. (Animals) any of various homopterous insects of the family Lacciferidae, esp Laccifer lacca of India, the females of which secrete lac
2. (Zoology) any of various homopterous insects of the family Lacciferidae, esp Laccifer lacca of India, the females of which secrete lac
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Taxonomic review of the lac insect genus Paratachardina Balachowsky (Hemiptera: Coccoidea), with a revised key to genera of Kerriidae and description of two new species.
Incidence of certain major parasites of lac insect, Kerria lacca (Kerr) on Schleichera oleosa.
Kolkata's fabulous BSI Industrial Section is one gem, with its instructive and entertaining exhibits of a kind largely lost from comparable museums such as that at Kew Gardens in London; the Kolkata exhibits include fascinating models that illustrate fibre and dye production from start to finish--for example how a famous crimson dye and its by-product shellac, the world's first plastic, are derived from colonies of lac insects.