Yeah it was too early - I know that now. It was hazy and they hadn't gone out foraging yet. So my fault, for sure. I guess I felt like it was later than it was because I'd already walked the dog and done ten other things. Still cloudy/hazy here. I'm not going out there until its bright and sunny! And I will wear a full suit, plus my jacket, gloves, rubber boots and take the smoker with me. The two stings I got yesterday are swelled up and insanely itchy! I don't need any more of this.
If there is any way you can work with out the gloves, you will bee better off. The leather gloves are bulky and you cannot feel the bees that get crushed under them. When you do crush them, they will sting the glove and cover it with alarm pheromone. Everywhere you place that glove the bees are being agitated to sting the glove again and again. You will think you have mean bees but they just are trying to defend their hive from an attack. If you have to wear gloves, get the blue vinyl ones. You will have a better feel for what is under your fingers. If you or your suite do get stung, use your smoker to saturate the area with smoke to cover up the pheromones.