These last few days has been a problem with bees large and small entering the conservatory via
the open door then not figuring out how to get out again. We have to check before going out then help any bees escape because once the door closes this heatwave can be fatal. More than once we have returned to find a large bumble bee crawling on the tiled floor seemingly on it's last. Fortunately, once finding the doorway open there's a quick recovery and off they go.
I have missed the close proximity of the bees 'n' the hoverflies which have always paid a visit to the hundreds of plants I usually have on my big verandah, which has been plantless / lifeless for 18 months.
It's a lunar landscape at the moment!
I can't wait to transform it back to a jungle, when repairs have been completed.
"I'd just as` soon they didn't come in in the first place with so much uncovered flesh available!"
The good news is that only female and worker bumblebees can sting, and they are far less aggressive than honey bees. A bumblebee will only sting if severely provoked, or roughly handled. Leave them alone, and your uncovered flesh will remain unsullied by bee stings. Provoke them and - unlike a honey bee - they can sting more than once.
I've been stung by bumble bees on more than one occasion, and my experience is that it didn't hurt as much as a honey bee sting.
Bumble bees don't bother me, now Hornets bug me I know they're supposed to be remarkably placid but they just don't sound it. If you wanted a sound to define the state " really really badly pissed off " it'd sound just like a hornet. Add the fact that the sting is supposed to be remarkably painful and forgive me if I keep my distance.