8 responses

  1. lynn
    April 20, 2012

    you are right! they are hot and not to wear much under them. I bought a hood that has a mesh t-shirt or vest that I can wear just with a light shirt for easy work or coveralls for indepth jobs.

  2. Don John
    April 21, 2012

    I’m surprised you wear the jacket and veil/hood. I normally just throw on a white shirt. And if the bees are grumpy, I will put on my hat with veil. But I usually don’t keep it on very long.

    I find if I treat the bees well, they treat me well. I rarely, rarely get stung.

    • Phillip
      April 21, 2012

      I probably could attend to the bees most of the time without much protective clothing. I know people who do. But I’m just not there yet.

      I had the tops off two of the hives yesterday and had my face right in the hives, inches away from the bees for several minutes while I tried to visually inspect the frames, and the bees acted like I wasn’t even there. They’re not always like that.

  3. Mark’s Bees
    April 21, 2012

    Just what every man likes to brag about – being tight in the crotch, haha! Great job in the sewing department. I was in a hurry to get to my hives the other day and forgot to zip my veil to the overalls. Just lucky I didn’t get stung, but the girls were good as gold that day.

    • Phillip
      April 21, 2012

      Hmm… I wonder if I should change that sentence. I try to keep Mud Songs family friendly. I was just stating a fact, though. Both suits are supposed to be the same size, but they are definitely not the same fit. That particular discomfort is annoying. Whenever I bend over or bend down in that suit — hike! It’s fine for short people, just not for me.

      Yeah, I’m going to modify that crotch sentence.

  4. Mil
    April 24, 2012

    Not sure about your bee jacket, but the bees are able to sting me through my bee suit! I have to have a long-sleeved shirt and a pair of sweatpants underneath. Once I wore a regular t-shirt and of course, the girls got me right below the sleeve line.

  5. Gary
    April 26, 2012

    I find wearing a Plastic Pilth hat under my veil, help by keeping the veil away from my face. Got stung on the end of my nose once when the veil was touching.

    See ya…Gary

  6. Phillip
    May 5, 2012

    THREE bees got into the jacket today. One stung me in my lower back. Another got me in the stomach. The third actually made it into my screen hood. I managed to swish it before it could get me in the face.

    NOTE: Jackets are okay for easy beekeeping, but for big inspections that get the bees crawling all over you, the full suit may be better. Or just remember not to bend down while wearing the jacket. The elastic waist band rides up and the bees crawling all over you find their way in.

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