This is my third year with bees. They don't mess with me much. I go down and watch them every day sit right by the entrance and watch them land. They leave me alone. Even when I get in the hive they rarely bounce my veil. I've been stung twice in three years.
Yesterday I was looking for a nice frame of brood to give to a package I installed last week. They did not like me in the brood deeps. I went back down to change the entrance reducer and they were all over me. Took one sting under my arm inside of bicep. Barely hurt at all, today I have an itchy red hot patch all around the sting the size of a softball. It's only slightly raised. Does this mean I am allergic? There was very little pain. Last year I got one on the back of the hand that didn't hurt either and I don't remember it swelling much or itching.