This is me dressed and ready to meet some bees. In the back of Mount Moriah Cemetary, Don Shump, with Philadelphia Bee Co., holds high school lessons on beekeeping and the life of bees. I got to spend some time with him and his students for an upcoming Philadelphia City Paper story.
This is what I learned about these fuzzy little guys. First, the pitch of their buzzing gets higher when they are aggravated and ready to attack or defend. Second, if you wear dark and/or fuzzy clothes, like wool sweaters, they won't be your friends. You'll be mimicking bears, which eat their honey and can damage their hives. Third, if you get bitten on the nose, it will feel like getting punched in the face square on (this did not happen to me thanks to my little net).
More photos to come with the story in a couple of week!