New beekeeper here in Bathurst NSW, Australia. I’ve been enjoying watching the bees and seeing how they work. I’ve done a few inspections and they seemed placid and let me go about my inspection.
Last night went out and was trying to get a look in before sundown, but was painfully attacked by about 5 bees. Stings on my arms, neck, and hands! They went nuts on me!
I am puzzled as to what i did differently. A few things i did think of -
There was a bit of wind, not much but it wasn’t still.
I was rushing, so maybe they sensed that? I took out one frame on the end and after that, WHAM they went for me
Did i not give enough time for smoke to work !? How long should i give it?