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, Claus Rasmussen <alrunen@...> wrote:
> For work with stingless bees and meliponiculture my best suit includes a pair of sandals and cotton to plug my ears. While some species will bite it is only a few species not utilized for bee-keeping that needs a full suit (such as Trigona, Ptilotrigona and Oxytrigona).
I worked honey bees for years, and never had a bee suit. I did almost all my work in tan Dickie britches, sandals, and a white T-shirt, with veil usually, but that often came off in hot weather.
I carried a pair of white coveralls in teh truck, that I only used in rare instances. Once in awhile, when moving bees for pollination, or on a rainy day, when you had to work anyway, they'd get a little too feisty for my normal outfit.
I let new help wear gloves for a week, then they went behind the seat in the truck for emergencies. You'll never be a good beekeeper if you wear gloves. There is art as well as science in this kind of husbandry, and you need to get the feel of it.
I don't think much of beekeepers that bundle up like spacemen. It's OK for beginners, I guess, but they aren't real beekeepers until they get over it.
Retired pollination contractor