An Asian scale insect which lives on croton trees and produces secretions that are used in the production of shellac.
- Laccifer lacca, family Lacciferidae, suborder Homoptera.
- The traditional use of rearing lac insects on the stem of the pigeonpea plant also continues.
- The life cycle of a lac insect takes about six months and consists of four stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult.
- Lac is a resinous substance produced by a female lac insect and found abundantly in the plain forests in India.
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