He held the magnifying glass above the ant. Every time it started to burn, it managed to get out from the focus of the heat.
“Try pinchin’ it’s legs off,” said James.
He reached down, gently holding the ant under his thumb, and sheared each leg off with his nail.
Once immobile, the lens came back out, the ant began burning again.
Funny the things you remember when somebody has drugged you and left you paralysed under a glass roof on the hottest day of the year.