Kermes (insect)(Redirected from Kermes (genus))
Kermes is a genus of scale insects in the order Hemiptera. They feed on the sap of evergreen oaks; the females produce a red dye, also called "kermes", that is the source of natural crimson. The word "kermes" is derived from Arabic qirmiz (قرمز), which means "red" or "crimson"
There are six species: