I had an unusual experience this past Tuesday. I had bees crawling all over me. To recap, about three weeks ago I arranged for two old farts, Lborou being one of them, to come to my ranch and inspect my hives and to change out a couple of queens. I have been away from the ranch since that time, so on Tuesday I was anxious to see if the hives contained brood. The early morning temperature was in the upper 40's. By the time I got to the apiary the temperature on my vehicle indicated 72 degrees. It was about 9:30 a.m. The bees were not flying. I didn't take time to light my smoker, as I was just going to pull a frame or two looking for brood. The bees started flying as soon as I removed the inner cover. They were flying quite a bit, but there was no bumping and they were not lighting on my veil. All in all, they were pretty nice. I continued to slowly remove some frames and look for brood. The good news is I found a lot of brood. Hooray for the new queen and the old farts that installed her. Then the bees started stinging my foot and ankle. I was wearing low quarter shoes. I looked down and my lower pant legs below my knees were covered in bees. I backed up and brushed the bees from my pants. I only received about six stings, and after about 30 minutes a bee sting does not even leave a mark on me, so all was well. I work my bees all the time in jeans and low quarter shoes. They have never stung my feet. I often have seen a few bees crawl on me, but not in large numbers. Do bees crawl more in cold weather, or what? I lit my smoker before inspecting the second hive. The good news is that I now have two of the BeeWeaver mite resistant queens in my hives. I will post next year on how the "mite resistant" queens worked out in my hives. Bees crawling on one seems to be an unnatural, unholy, and plain damn mean thing on their part.