Ok, so I have a new hive that I started from a package about 4 weeks ago. I started with the smallest opening on my entrance reducer, then switched to the larger opening a couple of weeks ago. I noticed a LOT of bees hanging out on the front porch (yes, been warmer here also) and looked like plenty of bees to defend the front so I decided to take it off altogether and give the girls some more circulation.
I decided to take it off before I headed out for work this morning so I didn't bother firing up my smoker - just donned my jacket, gloves and ankle straps around my jeans. I reached over the top and gently slid the entrance reducer out. As soon as I did that, they started buzzing LOUDLY I knew they weren't happy. In fact, they were so unhappy they chased me off and went after me with a vengeance.
This was me ---->
When I got around to the front of the house I already had several stings through my jeans - yep, right on the butt right below the jacket elastic and one on my arm through the jacket. My husband said there were 10 or 12 bees still on me looking for a good spot and of course I had the attack pheromone going. He got a broom and tried to brush them off and then they went after him! He hightailed it into the house LOL - at least I was partially suited up. I just stood real still and they finally gave up so I could go into the house without bringing some angry girls with me.
You just never know with bees......... :-D