Note to self: bees will fly at night and they are a bit grumpy when you wake them. Needed to cut some grass around the hive so I thought I can do that after dark, in shorts and tshirt - I can only say thanks goodness I don’t have any neighbors as they would have gotten quite the show in my frantic efforts to remove some unhappy bees from my clothes
Oh yes, night guard bees are on duty and they take their job serious! I just refilled the top feeder, sun has just gone down, and I got controlled right away. I’m not sure that they realize what I’m up to (actually I’m doing them good), so I hurried up and went away before Sgt. Emily called a code red…
Yah ! Abandoning britches anytime can be a piece of showmanship ! I remember my dad as a kid getting bees up his legs n got him in the “you know what areas”. He sure did get out of those trouser QUICKLY … Wish I’d have got a movie. Wasn’t funny at the time but laughed about that for many years after ! . Yah ! I swear those “girls” got pretty good night vision goggles ! . Gerald.
@Sabine My hubby is very wary of the bees so I have to block the entrance after dark so he can mow first thing in the morning then I let them out.
Yet when a tree was cut down in the garden by the tree surgeons they never bothered them - go figure
For sure. I harvested two frames this weekend and then pulled the last jar after dark. When I went to place the cover for the flow key back on I got popped by one of the guard girls.
Sorry John !
They have Night tactics. Guess next year I’ll have to remember that possibility ! Thankz for that comment n note. Often I collect my pollen with only a hat n net … So far not been nailed doing that ! “Knock on Wood” !