The bees we had last year were so gentle, I miss them already! I lost my nervousness very quickly, stopped wearing the bee suit and by midsummer decided that the smoker I could never keep lit was more annoying than a possible sting and I never got stung all year.
We installed bees yesterday and I thought that was when they were supposed to be at their least aggressive. I got headbutted constantly, several pulled my hair and I finally got stung when one got tangled in my hair. My eldest daughter got stung through the bee suit and my 6yo got stung while standing 30 feet away and watching. Today, I got stung again just watching them. I was close to the hive at about a 45 degree angle trying to see if they were bringing in any pollen when one came in from behind and stung me on the back of the arm.
Is it possible they will calm down as they get settled in or will they only get worse once they have brood and honey to defend?