cochineal insect


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cochineal insect

n.
Any of several scale insects of the family Dactylopiidae, especially Dactylopius coccus, that feed on prickly pear cacti and range from the southwest United States to Central America.

coch′ineal in`sect


n.
any of various scale insects, of the family Dactylopiidae, that feed on cactus and have a bright red body fluid used as a dye.
[1795–1805]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cochineal insect - Mexican red scale insect that feeds on cacticochineal insect - Mexican red scale insect that feeds on cacti; the source of a red dye
scale insect - small homopterous insect that usually lives and feeds on plants and secretes a protective waxy covering
Dactylopius, genus Dactylopius - type genus of the Dactylopiidae
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It is derived from the shell of the female cochineal insect (Dactylopius coccus Costa).
The cochineal insect farming is done to grow the particular insects for red color dye.
COCHINEAL INSECTHowever, there is now light in the horizon, thanks to a small cochineal insect (Dactylopius coccus) that is proving to be a match for the cactus.The cochineal feeds exclusively on the plant, sucking the water in its succulent parts causing the plant to wilt and decay.
The source of her hues ranges from the cochineal insect which creates deep scarlet and crimson tones, the azure of Mayan pigments extracted from the flowers and leaves of the indigo plant, and deep yellows derived from the marigold flower.
Speaking to Qatar Tribune recently, the artist explained that due to historic circumstances, the Armenian cochineal red which is used extensively in the art work and which is extracted from the f0'Ararat' or Armenian cochineal insect, and the special techniques which are the means of extracting the pigment from it have become separated along national and sociocultural lines.
The installation comprises six delicate drawings made on worn papers and 10 handmade notebooks made with two inks: Armenian red, extracted from the endangered Armenian cochineal insect, and Turkish red, now used in the national flag.
The pink wash is derived from the cochineal insect living on cacti in Mexico, where it has long been prized as the best source of the color red.
It is also the most common host for the cochineal insect, the source of vibrant red dye that was the mainstay of a number of local pre-colonial economies in Central America, becoming an even more sought-after commodity with the coming of the Spanish.
Ovariole maturation of the cochineal insect Dactylopius coccus (Hemiptera: Coccoidea: Dactylopiidae)