Hello fellow beeks.
I received a new queen this summer from a local supplier of survivor stock queens. She is an expert in queen rearing, so I was quite excited to receive this new queen to replace the one I accidentally killed in this otherwise strong, happy, gentle Italian hive.
So now the disposition of the hive has totally changed. No longer the gentle hive, now these bees are quite angry and defensive. I've been stung over 20 times by this hive. They are the reason I now have to wear two pairs of pants (they figured out if they are persistent, they can get through my pants) and have even seen me from 10 feet and chased me. They are very smart, but jumping out at me and even looking for a way to get in my clothes by following seams and folds in my clothing is getting to be too much!
I can pick these bees out of a line up due to their buzz -which is deeper toned than the other bees. Sounds weird I know, but at the open feeder, I have picked out the "grouchy" hive bees and have carried them to the hives to see which they fly into and I've been accurate 3 times now.
Provided they make it through the winter, should I re-queen next season or let it ride? Thoughts?