I ask this question just as a matter of curiousity and observation: Now that a nectar flow has started, all my hives have settled down a bit and are too busy to be "pesky," but I have noticed a distinct difference in temperment between my home hives and those at the strawberry fields. I have to wear at least a veil and gloves when working the s.f. hives--a suit as well if I'm doing any in-depth manipulations, but when it comes to my home hives, I can do anything I like, including manipulations wearing only a veil with my shorts & t-shirt (and I really don't need the veil, but I'm taking no chances). The home hives have optimal conditions: they face southeast and have the sun immediately at sunrise, wax myrtle windbreaks, dappled shade after 1 pm, their own little watering hole and an assortment of nectar/pollen sources. At the s.f. I've put up a fabric windbreak and given them a basin with sticks in it as a watering hole in an attempt to make life more pleasant for them, but they are on an open expanse of land where it is very windy, they are in full sun all day and the nectar/pollen source is not as varied. While my girls at home buzz around like you see in a Walt Disney movie, the girls at the s.f. are totally wired, racing here and there and making alot of noise. They're very healthy, just a totally different temperment. Do you think environment's the reason?