In this heat, my bees are staying closer to home. As I commented in another post, the bees have made a drinking fountain out of my back porch homemade fountain. I have a potted plant in the fountain. It appears that they are slowly eating/removing the potting soil from around the roots of this potted plant. I know someone will know why they are doing this. This is the first I've seen this kind of behavior. It seems as though I've heard of it, but don't know why. I also find it interesting that the birds and squirrels have stopped visiting the fountain since the bees have moved in. I've made other arrangements for the birds and tree rats...I mean squirrels. Any thoughts?