Trust me I am very wet behind the ears and have only gone into the hive four times since I got it, and spent many hours already just sitting in front of the hive with my head darn near on the landing board looking into the entrance seeing how the bees drop down off the frames, land on their backs, roll over and fly out to forage. But have yet to be stung. And wether right or wrong my three young girls spend a lot of time right along side me, all without any protection. Had planned on getting a veil, but do you know the only thing they were out of when I got there? Yup. I'm sure my welcome will wear thin sooner rather than later but for now they are some really nice bees.