I know. Those who are more macho than I have done this already. But quite unintentionally, I found myself without my gloves while adding syrup to the feeder and switching out several top bars with newly-crafted ones. I didn't want to walk all the way back to the house. So I just went for it. Picked up bars full of bees. Felt their soft little feet on my hands. Backed away a few feet if they seemed riled, and misted liberally, which was probably appreciated given the heat. I did not get stung, and was seriously psyched about the whole experience.