First time poster - thanks in advance for any tips. I installed 6 frames of bees into new hive at a holiday house on the great ocean rd (Victoria, Australia) about 2 weeks ago. When I installed them there was plenty of buzzing around me to the point it became distracting enough that I didn’t spend enough time trying to find the queen.
Today I went back with the plan to open up, have a good inspection and find that queen. So far as I can tell, I didn’t do anything particularly wrong - used smoke in the entrance and on top (albeit I probably didn’t wait a while after smoking) but the bees became really aggressive - attacking anything going near the brood box including the hive tool and me for the 30 minutes or so the hive was open. Kept trying to use some smoke (when I could get the ***ing thing to stay alight but that’s another story) but that didn’t seem to placate or distract them.
Got stung quite a few times and for the rest of the day, I couldn’t approach the hive (i.e. within about 5-10 metres) without being attacked again. I suspect they picked up on my scent and now know me - I was being cautious with the kids but they did go over to the hive later on without the same problem.
I was probably apprehensive but not scared as such - although as I started getting stung my stress levels probably increased somewhat.
Still couldn’t find the queen but am confident she’s there - could see plenty of brood, larva and eggs and the bees have filled 2 frames with honeycomb in 2 weeks.
Can anyone offer advice on:
a) what I might be doing wrong?
b) is it possible to just have an agressive hive?
c) will they remember me next time I visit?