Thick as a Brick and Aqualung.
I have yet to have any veil on during my inspections. I did have gloves on once when I had to fix a really bad burr comb issue.
You can’t be afraid of the girls.
I dont even put bands on my pants - do I just have really nice bees. Maybe you blokes just don’t know how to treat the ladies!
“harm the bees?” No, but you may want to consider the harm to you
No science backing this (AFAIK) but I think they can “smell” your concern. Try to get comfortable with them and I think they will be calmer.
… but what do I know … I have been at this for three months …
They can detect carbon dioxide, so if you are breathing heavily (fearfully), I suppose they could detect that. There was a spot on my gloves that used to get repeatedly stung. I think a bee probably daubed alarm pheromone on it in a larger than usual quantity. A bit of a scrub with Pink Miracle saddle soap cleaned it up and now they largely ignore my gloves.
After a few decades of beekeeping, I have not found my bees to be reliably docile enough to go without protective gear. I also have very sensitive skin, and tend to get a more vigorous local reaction than most. For example, I was stung on my neck a couple of weeks ago, and had swelling and redness over an 8" area. Needed to cover it up with a light scarf for a few days! So generally I try to avoid being stung by suiting up and being gentle. I will never trust them, though.
When I look up the definition of stupidity, I don’t see the word afraid in the description lol
QED. Back to the Jethro Tull album “Thick as a Brick!”