Re: Beehives and summer shade
I keep my hives in full sun, until later in the afternoon when they get shade from tall pine trees. Full sun seems to help control small hive beetles. The hives get plenty of ventilation with screened bottom boards. I haven't noticed the bees stinging more or less when in full sun as opposed to being in full shade. Any hives in full shade had small hive beetle issues all the time, the only hives I lost to beetles were in shade. There are a lot more variables involved like time of year, whether a dearth is on, whether a flow is on, is the hive queen less, etc. that affects the disposition of the bees and whether they will sting, in my opinion.
"Sometimes the best action, with bees, is no action at all."