Ef has written in at least one hundred posts to â€œlisten to the bees.â€ I am truly a slow learner, but I did finally take Efâ€™s advice. Hereâ€™s what I have discovered in the past few weeks. Sometimes I like to watch my bees work, and I stand a couple of feet to the side of their hives and watch them come and go. At times I lean over and my head is within a couple of feet of their landing boards. Sometimes a lone bee comes out and starts buzzing around my head in circles. If I move back a step or two she goes back to being a bee, and if not, there is a good chance of a sting about the head and neck. A pheromone releasing sting, if you may. When inspecting the hives I sometimes hear the noise go from a normal buzz up to a high pitched crescendo, then it is time to cut them some slack and use a â€œslow handâ€ when returning. It may be time for a bit of smoke, but for sure; it is time to â€œback off.â€ In summary, a little buzzing around is a subtle warning, and a lot of volume is the prelude to â€œall hell is about to break loose.â€ Theyâ€™re like the other girls we deal with every day. Young men would be well served to work as beekeepers for a period of time.