My bees have been really easy to work this spring and summer.
Only one sting (my fault) on the finger when I wasn't watching
where I put my hand.
As of last month, they have been more aggressive about defending
their honey stores. One sting on the wrist during inspection in late
August, one on the finger a week later, and two on the arm last week.
I had to finally buy a smoker
Now I put on that full suit along with the veil & gloves
before opening up for anything. Afterwards, one or two still buzz me
until I'm well away from the hive.
As far as my reaction to venom goes, I've not suffered near as much
to the latest ones I've received. My first swelled a lot and was quite
painful. The site was easy to spot for many days afterward.
I have quickly healed from the latest ones, hardly any swelling,
three days after, pretty much gone. I'd say that's a developed
immunity in about a month
I also think alot depends on where you get the insult, fingers are said
to have lots of nerve endings, besides they're harder to scratch real
good compared to an arm