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Cochineal (Dactylopius coccus)

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).

Dyeing with Cochineal - click here

Much more information on Cochineal & Cochineal Dyeing on the Cochineal website!

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