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Cochineal beetle harvest, by Eadweard Muybridge

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Dactylopius coccus, cochineal beetles being harvested from Opuntia cacti, Antigua, West Indies, for the production of carminic acid used in the carmine dye, cochineal. The mode of gathering cochineal in Antigua,by Eadweard Muybridge (purchased 1876 by Joseph Hooker for Kew).

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Media ID 10645088

Date: 12th February 2015

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