A thunderstorm blew through last night so I thought I would check the bee yard. Other than a few downed branches everything looked OK. However, I did notice a swarm issuing from a hive. This was about 1 PM. Previously all swarms I have been acquainted with have come out in the morning. Lesson No. 1: The bees don't swarm to any schedule.
So I sprung into action to gather up the needed equipment. By the time I was ready the swarm had settled nicely onto a fairly low branch. I thought this capture will be a piece of cake. I forgot to say it was hot (84F) and humid (69%); 90F heat index. Usually a swarm can be captured without any stings. Not today. These bees were NASTY. Although I successfully hived them I paid a price; about five stings to my wrists. And this was only the stingers that penetrated my gloves. I bet another 50 stingers were arrayed on the backs of my gloves. LESSON No. 2-The ventilation strips on some gloves let in stingers in addition to cooling air. I will be sure to get gloves without the ventilation strips next time I buy gloves.
Then I had a bright idea (or so I thought at the time). I could open the swarm source hive and get a few free swarm cells and raise a few more reserve queens. Taking a cue from the testy swarm bees, this time I lit up the smoker to calm them down. No dice. The bees were on me (hands, arms and legs) as soon as I lifted the inner cover. LESSON No. 3: Bees can be very testy on hot humid days and even smoke may not calm them down. I guess those precautions in the bee books about working the bees on hot humid days are true.
So I went home and had some ice cream with honey topping.