Hello! I have been having a recent problem with my bees. About three and a half weeks ago, I had moved them from Birmingham, AL to Richmond, VA (2 hives Russian/Italian hybrids) About one month prior to the move, both hives seemed to be queenless. I had posted on here about that issue and was told that they may have swarmed (which was possible, but I was out of town preparing for the move so did not see this occur) and that they will make their own queen. Sure enough, they did. Moving day came and we moved them. Of course they were a little angry when they finally got to their new location which was understandable.
I then came back a week later to do an inspection. I figured this was enough time for them to calm down. They seemed fine when I was doing the inspection. It usually takes me about 45 minutes per hive to do an inspection as I go through each frame. When it came to the second hive, they had made a mess. Building comb in between each brood box. Obviously I had to break the comb and clean it up to move the box. This was when the hive became extremely aggressive. My gloves were full of stingers. I chalked it up to me messing with their stuff, put the hive back together and then left.
The following week (last week) I came back because one of the hives needed another honey super. I smoked them as I normally would have, took off the outer and inner cover to put on the honey super (didn't truly open up the hive) and they became extremely aggressive. Stinging me constantly (although I only felt two stings) because of these two stings, I had an extreme reaction. Needless to say I had to be rushed to the ER. This was very unusual for me as I have never had an issue before.
My question is this, what is making them so aggressive? Could the new queens they raised be responsible? I understand that over time I can become sensitized, however, is there a reason other than that why I had such an extreme reaction? What can I do to keep this aggressive behavior down? To be honest, I am a little nervous now and never have been before.
Thank you for reading and for the responses in advance. It is much appreciated.