There was a dead calm in the Sound of Mull this morning as the CalMac ferry Clansman, heading for Oban, met the bulk carrier Yeoman Bank heading for Antwerp with some 70,000 tonnes of aggregate aboard. With the air warm and the sea some 2 to 3 degrees cooler than usual at the beginning of June, a mist, or haar, rolled in across the water soon after.
To liven up our grey start, we met this wasp which settled on the inside of our living room window. A quick check on the internet showed it to be an ichneumon wasp. Further identification was abandoned when we read that there are some 80,000 species within the superfamily Ichneumonoidea, hopefully not all of them resident in Britain.