It looked like a nice enough morning, so I decided to suit up and check on the honey super I put on a couple of weeks ago. I know enough not to go visit the girls when it's chilly and miserable out. But this morning it was calm, a little foggy...not bad. Well, my normally mild-mannered bees were in a horrible mood! As I lifted the lid I heard some very loud buzzing but continued anyway. As soon as I got it open they came out at me. I dropped the lid and ran. A couple followed me all the way back to the house and one or two had gotten under my jacket. Grrr. A couple of very itchy stings on my side, but otherwise escaped. I'll wait until later in the day tomorrow to go and finish my visit, fix the lid, which is now askew, and this time I'll use smoke.
I hate it when this happens because then I get all paranoid about working with them. Will let you know how tomorrow's visit goes.