I took my encaustic paints to Palm Springs this year instead of my acrylics. I set up outdoors as I always do, and everything went fine for about a week. After that I noticed a bee that kept swooping around me. It didn't concern me because I didn't bother it and it didn't bother me. Unfortunately that scout bee told all his friends that he had found a feast. In a few days I was surrounded by bees and they were feeding off my paintings, my table, my equipment, because I have encaustic all over everything I use. They were even attempting to feed on the griddle and the tins of paint on the griddle. I would find little bee bodies in my paint. Obviously, I was not going to be able to continue painting outdoors. It had never occurred to me that this would happen. I painted outdoors in Palm Springs in October, and there was not a problem. I don't know anything about bees, but perhaps they were dormant then. Or, they didn't have as good a scout as this group of bees did. What do you call a group of bees? I spent three weeks in the desert without being able to paint, which was really hard. I couldn't paint inside because there just wasn't a good place to do it. The encaustics will not be visiting the desert again. Below is my table top with one of my pesky visitors chowing down.