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)commaringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)Meadow Browngreen-veined white (Pieris napi)small white (Pieris rapae)


micro mothmicro mothCommon Nettle-tap (Anthophila fabriciana)Horse chestnut leaf minerSilver-ground Carpet (Xanthorhoe montanata)


female (?) azure damselfly (Coenagrion puella)male (?) azure damselfly (Coenagrion puella)male (?) common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum)blue-tailed damselfly (Ischnura elegans)


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

Other Flies

yellow dung flysnipe fly (Rhagio lineola?)flyflybee fly (Bombylius major)cranefly ?cranefly (Limonia phragmitidis?)craneflycrane flycaddies flySt Mark Fly (male)St Mark's fly (female)
Tachina ferafly (Tachina fera)flyflyflyflyflyflyflyfly
long-legged fly (sciapus platypterus)flyflyflyflyflydaggerflydagger fly (Empis sp.)fly


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


ichneumon waspichneumon waspichneumon waspichneumon waspparasitoid waspwasp


sawfly (Tenthredo mesomela?)sawflysawflysawflysawfly - Dolerus (Poodolerus) haematodes


forest bug (Pentatoma rufipes)forest bug nymphJuniper Shield Bug (Cyphostethus tristriatus)Hawthorn Shield Bugshield bug larvaecommon flowerbug (Anthocoris nemorum)bug


cuckoo spitleafhopperleafhopperleafhopperleafhopper


The Devil's Coach Horse (Ocypus olens)rove beetleclick beetle (Athous haemorrhoidalis)beetlesoldier beetlesoldier beetlessoldier beetlewee beetlebeetlewee beetles
2-spot ladybird (Adalia bipunctata)7-spot ladybird (Coccinella 7-punctata)Pine Ladybird (Exochomus quadripustulatus)harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis)eyed ladybird (Anatis ocellata)Cream Spot Ladybird (Calvia quattuordecimguttata)waiting for the sun (calvia 14-guttata)ladybird larvaladybird larvaladybird larvae

Spiders and other Arthropods

woodlousemitelast embracerunning crab spider (Philodromidae)spiderwolfspidercommon orb weaverlong-jawed orb weaver (Tetragnatha sp.)harvestmanharvestman and eggsharvestman - Platybunus pinetorummillipede


ant tending to its farmSycamore Aphid (Drepanosiphum platanoidis)aphidsaphid


barkfly (Psocoptera)hoverfly