Man, I have this hive that's done rather well through the year, but it's always been a bit on the hot side. I started it this spring with a nuc from GA. When you lift the telescoping cover off a few bees lift off immediately and give you a good bonk, and while you continue to work on the hive there's always a good buzz of activity around you. This is compared to my other 4 hives that really could care less about you.
Today I went to check on them and see if they needed a new super or not, and what's going on in general. It had been a few weeks so I wanted to know if they had filled the 5th super, or at least finished capping the 4th. By the time I was down to the brood boxes it almost sounded like it was raining out enough bees were bonking into my helmet. After seeing that the 5th super was pretty much empty and the 4th was about half capped I put her back together. I checked on a couple of other hives and went inside to cool down.
A couple of hours later I went into the garden that's about 100 feet away from the hive and got 3 bee stings withing a minute of two. That was the final straw! I called a local beek and asked if he had a queen he could sell me, that's just too much for me. He did so I went back out to find that queen and pinch her little head off.
Man! That was an experiance. I finally ended up with 2 veils, duct tapped close on all sides, duct taped the boots. I still ended up about dozen stings on my ear, nose, shins, etc. Though I did find the queen, and she's very flat. When I was done the bees followed me back to my work shop so I ended up walking the half mile trail through the woods smoking myself hoping the bees would just leave and head back to the hive. I finally ducked into the house in my bee suit with only a dozen bees buzzing around.
Very tempting to go visit the hive with a can of wasp killer....Let's just hope the calm down a bit...I plan to try introducing the new queen on Monday, let's hope it works. Now I wonder if I'll be able to go outside and do chores...