Hello everyone. My husband & I went out to my beehive about 11:30 today. They needed food. I feed them a gal of syrup every 4 to 5 days. I was trying to get the telescoping lid off when SNAP it came off but it was loud. That must have triggered the guard bees. They in no uncertain terms let us know they were really mad at us. They kept chasing us into the woods & were all up in our faces. We finally got the syrup in & shortly after my husband got his 1st sting right under his arm. We have had the bees since this April & this is his 1st sting. We didn't have any gear on because we have never had this problem when feeding them. So far I have had maybe 7 stings. One was a large local under my left eye. It closed my eye for about a week. Boy that one really hurt. Today must have been because of the loud snap.