I never wear gloves and typically wear a short sleeved shirt when inspecting my hives. The other day during my second inspection of the year I took 1 to the thumb from a dead bee, 1 in the nose after I took off my veil, and 1 in the calf from a bee that managed to get up my pant leg. I do however suit up with gloves, my veiled jacket, and put on gaiters when I help another beekeeper in my area. Some of his hives are extremely HOT and I'm not the one manipulating frames, treating, or feeding inside his hives. I rarely ever get stung working without gloves or a jacket now because the bees have taught me how to handle them properly through modifying my behaviors with their stingers.