During our last hive inspection on one of our hives here in Central Texas the bees seemed pretty aggressive, flying up and hitting the hood netting with lots of bees airborne. I did mess with the hive a good bit and didn’t smoke them thinking it was in the high 60’s outside and they’d be chilling out. Lesson 1, use smoke.
I went down to within 20 feet of the hive about 30minutes after the inspection without gear, got buzzed quickly and stung once.
Fast forward to today, a week later. My wife was about 10feet from the hives no gear as she was just walking around in the lower yard. She said she felt something land on her hand and flicked it away out of reaction. The bee then hit her on top of the head and stung her. She came into the house to tell me about it. I then went down and was standing about 40feet away when I got buzzed by a bee that then hit the top of my head several times. No sting, I walked away quickly. I then watched a bee land on the fence that separates front and back yards. It had landed right where I had been standing. When I walked within 4feet of it again it again tried to get me on the top of my head. This time I ran quickly away.
So I am trying to figure out if we have a “hot”hive now or if this all started from my wife flicking her hand pissing the bee off and then the pheromones still keeping them excited for when I came out there.