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The ability to distinguish non-indigenous species from the background diversity of native taxa is critical to the success of surveillance programs for detecting new introductions. Surveillance programs for alien taxa rely on the precise diagnosis of species, which can be complicated by sizable trap samples, damaged specimens, immature life stages, and incomplete taxonomy. The recent advent of DNA barcoding shows promise to circumvent some of the obstacles of pest monitoring and surveillance.