Lac (laccifer lacca): Red and pink dyes are obtained from this insect.  It is a scale insect that feeds on fig and acacia tress in India and Southeast Asia.  The insects secrete a resin call lac that contains the red dye.  The resin is also used to make shellac.  For more information on lac cultivation and the communities in Vietnam who are involved in this traditional occupation, please visit the following site: www.fao.org/docrep/X5336E/x5336e0k.htm