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.

Butterflies

speckled wood (Pararge aegeria)red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)orange tip (Anthocharis cardamines)comma (Polygonia c-album)green-veined white (Pieris napi)small white (Pieris rapae)

Dragonflies

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

Hoverflies

hover flyflyhoverfly (Helophilus pendulus)hoverfly (Volucella pellucens)hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus)hoverfly

Other Flies

Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria)flyflycrane flySt Mark Fly
flyflyflyflyflyfly
flyflyflysawflyfly

Bees

beebee landingbeetongue maintenancehungry bumble beebusy bumble beethe flight of the bumble bee

Wasps

ichneumon waspwasp

Bugs

forest bug (Pentatoma rufipes)Hawthorn Shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale)shield bug larvaecommon flowerbug (Anthocoris nemorum)

Leafhoppers

leafhopperleafhopper

Beetles

The Devil's Coach Horse (Ocypus olens)beetleclick beetle (Athous haemorrhoidalis)soldier beetlessoldier beetlewee beetle
7-spot ladybird (Coccinella 7-punctata)waiting for the sun (calvia 14-guttata)ladybird larvaladybird larvae

Spiders

spiderharvestman and eggs