Yea, I'm scared of bees. Bees, spiders, snakes, basically stuff with venom. They make me do girly little dances where I run, fling my hands, and squeal. Yes I'm a grown man.
But I'm also scared of heights and like to rock climb. I'm a big believer in conquering your fears. I like my first experiences of keeping bees, I liked the additional comfort that the veil and gloves gives me, the focus and attention to detail that comes from holding 1k stinging insects on a frame between your hands, even though my wife laughs at my reaction if just 1-2 of the girls decide to bump me.
I guess it can't be a phobia level of fear if I can be a beekeeper, but I was curious if anyone else shared that dynamic of fascination and fear of the very things they willingly keep and care for.