I am reading "Beekeeping for Dummies" and the author is definitely a proponent of not wearing gloves while inspecting a hive. I decided to follow his advice and forego the gloves during my last inspection. The good news is that I avoided squishing at least one bee when I felt her plump little body as I was grabbing a frame. The bad news is that I got a nasty sting on the wrist at the very beginning of the inspection which became very sore because I didn't mud it until after the inspection. So for now, I'm going to wear gloves and just be very careful where I grab. What's your view?