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The Taxonomy Section is charged with identifying insects of agricultural concern to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This sections entomologists are the primary identifiers of all target insects collected by our staff through various pest surveys, as well as all insects submitted by PDA Plant Inspectors during routine inspections.  Additionally, the entomologists answer pest identification inquiries and reports submitted via the invasive species hotline, BadBug e-mail address, and homeowner/pest management professional pest identifications.  

To submit a sample for identification, please complete a sample submission form found in the publications sidebar. The form provides sample submission directions, requirements, and mailing instructions. For identifications pertaining to human health issues the department requests prior notification as additional requirements may be needed.

This section is also resposible for the maintenance and expansion of the PDA's arthropod collection. The collection serves as a taxonomic resource for academic research and federal survey programs through collaborative projects and loans.

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