Whole Cochineal Insects



Cochineal (Dactylopius coccus) is a scale insect that invades the nopal cactus and is about the size of a grain of Arborio rice with a silvery purple hue. The best cochineal is dark and full of carminic acid. We obtain only the finest grade cochineal on the market. You will also need a small amount of Cream of Tartar for the extraction process.

100g of cochineal bugs will dye about 900 grams (2 pounds) of fiber to a deep red shade. For detailed instructions, please see our page on dyeing with cochineal.

Please note: We regret that we cannot ship insects internationally.
Learn more:

Dyeing for Dummies: The Wonders of Cochineal (recipe)

A Closer Look at the History of Cochineal

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50 gm, 100 gm, 250 gm, 500 gm

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