Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Dactylopius opuntiae

Dactylopius opuntiae (Cockerell, 1896)

false prickly pear cochineal

on Opuntia


Larvae and adults free on the plants.

host plants

Cactaceae, monophagous

Opuntia ficus-indica.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2020).


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


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

Last modified 30.ix.2020