Thanks to a grant from Sida, icipe has acquired a MacroSolutions Macropod photographic system. This technologically advanced equipment, with its capacity to produce high-resolution images presents especially presents exciting opportunities for our taxonomy research. For example, until recently, taxonomy and identification of microhymenoptera (very small wasps; mostly 1-3 mm in length), were hindered by the difficulty of visualising diagnostic morphological characters on such tiny specimens. Many wasps are significantly beneficial to humankind, because of their ability to naturally control agricultural pests. Most of them are parasitic: they usually lay their eggs in or on the eggs or larvae of other insect species, and as the wasp larva develops, it leads to the death of the host insect. Images are key in descriptive taxonomy and the system will enable us to catalogue and enhance understanding on the diversity of life. Furthermore, striking insect images are valuable in science communication.