My bees are furious. They attack every time I try to check my hive. Not just a few, but clouds of them swarming at me, following me a long way from the hive, and continuing to buzz and sting at me. Starting the past few days, they even come after me when I change the empty feeder jar for a new one or just venture to within 5 feet or so of the hive to water the flowerbed it is in. Yesterday I got stung twice right through my bee suit. My mentor (my brother) came out today to try to help me and got stung by bees that just couldn't leave us alone even after we were finished with them and had been standing 25-30 feet away from the hive for more than 15 minutes.
We decided that my queen must have mated with a gangster bee and been producing wiseguy girls. So we extinguished her and I will replace her this afternoon with a queen he has raised for an extra.
So here's my question: Will I just have to wait for all of my old queen's daughters to hatch out and die off before my hive calms down? Or, might it be just the presence of the old bee and her pheromone that has kept them so riled up? Any tips for calming down the back yard environment will be appreciated.
Background information: At first, I thought that they might just feel vulnerable because the hive did not do well after it swarmed the 2nd time in mid June. But we put in a new mated queen on July 5th and now there are plenty of bees. We have had a hot, dry summer, and two weeks ago they didn't have any honey stored so I started feeding 1:1 sugarater. They are drinking about a quart a day. They seem to be bringing in plenty of pollen. I don't see any signs of hive beetles.
Once again, please offer any tips for appeasing the girls.