I’ve mentioned my first harvest in another post. I’ve got new flow hive that got started with a nuc and new queen from an experienced member of the local club early in October. The bees have always been calm and have not worried me when I check the side window or extraction door at the back. The hive is set up facing a fence with a tree to one side and a shade house to the other, so the bees always exit the hive and fly upwards.
Two days ago I opened the Flow super to check capping levels, and the following day did the first extraction. Opening the super caused disruption and I left the hive to settle down.
When I did the extraction I had to put on a veil as the bees were buzzing around me but didn’t appear aggressive in that. That was yesterday.
This morning I went out to watch through the window I’ve got in the shade house - it is four sides of shade cloth but the doorway is open. For the first time ever a bee followed me in there and went for me. It chased me all the way to the house. I went out again, same thing. Then I went to the shed to find shadecloth as a curtain, and one chased me into there. I waved it off with a towel and fitted up the curtain door.
Going back to the house another bee chased me quite aggressively. It buzzed me so closely that I could not get inside without it. I grabbed a towel to wave it off but it stung me on the side of the neck.
So my question is about whether this behaviour is a result of disrupting the super and then extracting the honey the day after. Do bees get more protective when these things happen, and if so, how long does their angst last?