To adequately appreciate arthropod diversity, and especially that of insects, one needs only to look around. But in spite of this daunting diversity, many insects are very similar to each other morphologically, thus making the process of identifying any given specimen to species extremely difficult and challenging. Nevertheless, the cornerstone to sound pest management is the authoritative identity of the species in question. To this end, and as the department liason between the Cornell University Insect Collection and the Insect Diagnostic Lab, I have remained actively involved in providing identification support for both research and extension efforts in the Department, College, and overall University communities. Taxonomic support is also provided to other federal and state regulatory agencies.