Newington Cemetery is my local bit of urban wilderness. The cemetery was opened in 1846 and is one of Edinburgh's fantastic garden cemeteries. In the last few decades the cemetery has become a green oasis full of wildlife. There are foxes and many birds including woodpeckers and owls. I am most interested in insects and macro photography. So this page documents the insects I have spotted in the cemetery.

I am by no means an expert on insects but I have tried to identify them as best as I could. The flies in particular are very tricky. So please feel free to point out any inaccuracies.


speckled wood (Pararge aegeria)red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)orange tip (Anthocharis cardamines)commaMeadow Browngreen-veined white (Pieris napi)small white (Pieris rapae)


micro mothmoth


female (?) azure damselfly (Coenagrion puella)male (?) azure damselfly (Coenagrion puella)male (?) common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum)


hover flyflyhoverfly (Helophilus pendulus)hoverfly (Eristalis sp)hoverflies (Volucella pellucens)hoverfly (Volucella pellucens)hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus)hoverflyhoverfly (Platycheirus sp.?)hoverflyXylota segnis

Other Flies

Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria)flyflybee fly (Bombylius major)cranefly (Limonia phragmitidis?)craneflycrane flySt Mark Fly (male)St Mark's fly (female)
Tachina feraflyflyflyflyflyfly
flyflyflysawflysawfly - Dolerus (Poodolerus) haematodesflydaggerfly


beebeebeebee landingnomad beebeetongue maintenancehungry bumble beebusy bumble beethe flight of the bumble beebumble bee


ichneumon waspichneumon waspparasitoid waspwasp


forest bug (Pentatoma rufipes)Juniper Shield Bug (Cyphostethus tristriatus)Hawthorn Shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale)shield bug larvaecommon flowerbug (Anthocoris nemorum)


cuckoo spitleafhopperleafhopperleafhopper


The Devil's Coach Horse (Ocypus olens)click beetle (Athous haemorrhoidalis)beetlesoldier beetlesoldier beetlessoldier beetlewee beetle
2-spot ladybird (Adalia bipunctata)7-spot ladybird (Coccinella 7-punctata)pine ladybrid (Exochomus qadripustulatus)eyed ladybird (Anatis ocellata)waiting for the sun (calvia 14-guttata)ladybird larvaladybird larvaladybird larvae

Spiders and other Arthropods

woodlouserunning crab spider (Philodromidae)spiderwolfspidercommon orb weaverharvestmanharvestman and eggs


ant tending to its farm