Is is just me, or are these old winter bees an ornery bunch. I did a very brief inspection today (just pulled 3 frames and peeled off some drone brood to check the mite situation). the ladies were quite cranky about the whole thing, with dozens flying up at me with that evil gleam in their eyes and the angry buzz to match. No veil or gloves and did not get stung, but they were not like that at all last year. My guess is they have gotten used to being left alone over the last 5 months. On the plus side, we still have snow in the shady spots, but the colony already has 2 deep boxes full of bees. Next stop: Swarmville.