Green Borinage

May 22th, Warquignies. In the Borinage region, just South of the city of Mons, the landscape is sown with artificial hills in the shape of volcanoes. These man-made hills consist of waste material from the local coalmines. Since the closure of the mines in the fifties and due to the absence of man, spontaneous vegetation and wildlife have colonised the desolate hills, creating a unique habitat. In the surrounding woods, calopteryx (virgo) is one of the many insects which thrive.

Calopteryx male

Calopteryx female

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