In my recent piece, “RED!!!”, I touched on the cultural and symbolic qualities commonly associated with red: love, passion, and danger. I also explored the botanical and entomological source for its dye and paint. For example, the “perfect red” is derived from an insect, the cochineal, that thrives on nopal or prickly pear in Mexico. Used for centuries by the Mayans, it was soon coveted by the Spanish who traded it in Europe. The second most exported good from Mexico after silver it eventually was traded on stock exchanges such as London’s and Amsterdam’s.