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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).

Copyright © RBG KEW

Media ID 10645088

Date: 12th February 2015

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Owner URL: http://www.kew.org/

Credit: Copyright RBG Kew

Filename: p051 - 006838LA20120727-013 opuntia.jpg

Image Size: 5511 x 3258 Pixels

Filesize is 5.38MB

Associated Categories: History

Associated Categories: Travel, Explorers and Expeditions

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