No one and nothing likes being stung by bees. Some aren’t too bothered, but I can’t imagine a creature who wouldn’t avoid being stung if it was possible.
My chickens used to wander in front of my hives (back when we lived in suburbia) calmly and happily and then, out of the blue, they’d high tail it out of there. I assume that’s when a bee started up her aggressive buzzing sound.
Anyone who’s spent much time around bees knows that warning sound. It can be roughly translated into, “get outta here or I’m gonna die and you’re gonna hurt”.
I don’t think Adler’s spent much time around bees. He certainly doesn’t have the necessary respect for bees. Recently I caught him playing with some who were checking out this nuc as a potential new home (swarming already?). Seriously, is this a death wish or what?
Patchy certainly has great respect for bees – now anyway. Yesterday, I had her out on some grass and a bee was on a clover flower – Patchy flinched and darted for the house.
30 minutes earlier, we had been in the back of the bee garden, behind all the hives, a safe distance away with a visitor. Our visitor was attacked – or at least accosted – by several bees. (She thinks it was because in the morning she was harvesting flowers. Her hair brushed against the blooms and picked up their scent and pollen which made her highly desirable to honey bees.) I was trying to get the bees out of her hair when Patchy went wild. I saw a bee on her ear and one near her leg and she bit at one and ran. Then she threw up 3 times. Then she couldn’t settle. Then 1 hour later she started to swell up around the eyes and snout. Then we took her to the vet for an injection of antihistamines. Then she started to get better. Here she is 30 minutes after the injection with the swelling on its way down. Poor puppy. The vet told her she looked like a Shar-Pei 😦 I suppose that’s better than comparing her to Rocky Balboa which was what I was thinking. So, not only was she in pain, but he beauty was marred and her pride was hurt. How much injustice can one little doggy bear?
I hope Adler watched what Patchy went through and learns a bit of respect before something like this happens to him. With a couple dozen hives on the farm, we have a lot of bees around and you ignore their warning buzz at your peril!