Re: The stupidest thing I did while beeping was...
I've done a lot of stupid things while beekeeping. One that is still fresh on my mind from this spring involves a swarm capture mishap.
Late one evening this past spring I was moving a captured swarm to one of my yards. Upon arrival I spotted a swarm from one of my overwintered colonies in a small tree at about eye level. After setting up the original swarm I took an empty nuc and went after my swarm in the tree.
I had a full suit on and was not too concerned about getting stung so I was moving pretty fast to get this wrapped up before dark. I cradled the nuc under my left arm, lifted it up under the swarm, and with my right hand smacked the branch down to knock the bees into the box. For the first couple of seconds all was well. I got most of the 15,000 or so bees cleanly in the box.
After that things went downhill quickly. I took a step backward and tripped on a small stump, losing my balance. I did not fall down but during my recovery the box slipped out of my arm and all of the bees dumped out on my chest and I was covered in bees head to toe. Swarms are usually pretty docile. This particular swarm was not too happy about me shakin their tree in the evening, and they let me know it. Within seconds I felt dozens of them crawling up my leg inside the suit. I'm glad I was not out where anyone could see me. I must have looked like a bloomin idiot, stomping my feet, jumping up and down, shaking the suit. Once I got the bees off the outside of the suit I think I broke a world record for the fastest removal of a bee suit.
I got several stings out of it ... but it could have been a lot worse. I'm sure a video of my mishap would have been a real comedy act to watch.
To everything there is a season....