Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Dactylopius opuntiae

Dactylopius opuntiae (Cockerell, 1896)

false prickly pear cochineal

on Opuntia

parasite

Larvae and adults free on the plants.

host plants

Cactaceae, monophagous

Opuntia ficus-indica.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2020).

notes

Produces a dye of lesser quality than Dactylopius coccus, but is much more aggressive towards the host plant.

references

Ben-Dov Y & Sánchez-García (2015a), Ülgentürk & Şişman Hocaali (2019a).

Last modified 30.ix.2020