Visited the apiary yesterday, in cool weather, and was surprised to find bees flying. With little time available, I opened up the hive lids without bothering to put on the bee suit - no veil, no gloves, nothing.
The bees were not particularly pleased. Fortunately, only the sky and the girls witnessed my rapid and disorderly retreat. Capt. Mainwaring would have been most disappointed.
The good news, apart from not being stung, is that there are bees.
Pic stolen from http://home.btconnect.com/howejam/dadsarmy.htm