I'm talking the statistically average 5'9'' 175 pound man. 800 stings? (I have that many bees in the air in the first 5 minutes of working my feral hives.) Does anyone know? There was another post where one of our members expressed shock that so many people would wear the entire bee suit, mask, gloves, etc. you only have one life! I replied as follows:
I have two feral hives that are mean as snot. walk to within 50 meters and 10 of them start head-butting you until you run, arms flailing, screaming like a woman, sustaining various forms of bodily injury as you fall and bounce off the ground, to the amusement of anyone watching from a safe distance.
So yes, I wear suit, face mask, gloves, holy water, rabbit's foot, carry a bible, and wear leather underpants when messing with these hives.
I'm just really surprised at the number of beekeepers that wear bee suits and . . . and . . . GLOVES?! Maybe it's only because I have a few hives? Do bees get more aggressive when there are more colonies? *puzzlement* When I first started I wore long sleeves, but when summer came, that went out the window. Now I just wear a veil, and rubber band my short sleeves and the bottoms of my jeans.
So what do you wear?