It’s been blazing hot here, setting a record of 104 yesterday. In my Ecology lab, we had to go out in the afternoon and catch grasshoppers. There was no way out of it. We survived, and I got 150 grasshoppers to work with. Some of the species are rather interesting to look at, and I set up my home insect studio to photograph them favorably. One can produce excellent results with this technique, but it may look artificial. Nature seldom has such even lighting. I also had a cicada and the rainbow scarab as volunteers. It was a good day to spend mostly indoors.