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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Cochineal - Severe plague affecting El Rio De Aguas and all of Almeria.

It measures 3-5 millimeters in length, is usually brown or yellow, and feeds parasitizing the sap of cacti and plants and the moisture present there.

The dark red color dye is used extensively for cosmetic and food industry, lending its color for cookies, jellies, desserts, and is also used in medicine and clothing, usually specified as "natural dye carmine cochineal," CI 75470 or E120 in the compositions of products.

it is necessary to kill about seventy thousand insects to achieve about half a kilo of dye.

Lucas has started  cleaning the dead cactus to create space for re-birth.
 Looking bad.
 Mega infestation.

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