I am very new to beekeeping. That being said, I have noticed how gentle the bees are. Don't get me wrong. I've read enough that I know I will get stung, it's just a matter of time. I usually wear either a hat/veil or my full suit, depending on how much and how deep I plan to go. But I'm not scared of the bees and I am tending to think they know this. A week ago I went to the hives to check on the sugar water, no veil or suit. I have an empty super on with a half gallon jar on top for feed. I took the top cover off and the bees never even noticed me. I thought what the heck, I used my pocket knife and popped the inner cover loose just wanting to take a quick peek at how much they had drawn out. Again, never even noticed me. This gave me more courage so I used my pocket knife to pop a frame loose and again, never even noticing me. What's going on? Well, I took my gloveless hands, seen it done on Utube, and lifted a frame out covered with bees. Some even crawled onto my fingers! I was able to look closely at the frame, both sides and again, they didn't give a hoot. I consider myself very lucky and haven't done that again. Probably never will. Just was feeling brave and probably stupid that day. But I wonder if they can sense fear? Oh, well, like I said, "it's coming". But it won't be the first time in my life!