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Oaxacan weaver Benito stands by prickly pear cacti with a mortar of ground cochineal; the red dye is made from boiling cochineal female scale insects (Dactylopius coccus) ((the males live blind only long enough to reproduce)) to remove their protective coatings, and then they are then ground into a red pasty dye. The cochineal feed off the prickly pear cacti. Oaxaca, Mexico. (Man Eating Bugs page 121)

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Oaxacan weaver Benito stands by prickly pear cacti with a mortar of ground cochineal; the red dye is made from boiling cochineal female scale insects (Dactylopius coccus) ((the males live blind only long enough to reproduce)) to remove their protective coatings, and then they are then ground into a red pasty dye. The cochineal feed off the prickly pear cacti. Oaxaca, Mexico. (Man Eating Bugs page 121)