Smoking Bees

This is a video of some of our bees just chilling out at the hive.  I started it to show what they look like when they are relaxed.  We had to dig deeper into the hive to see what was going on so I asked Non Birding Bill to smoke them.  When you puff your bees with wood smoke, it triggers a response that makes the bees go in and eat--there could be a forest fire and they may have to flee and who knows when they will eat again. The eating makes them less interested in defending the hive and stinging the large people moving around frames and boxes of the hive. When you smoke them it always reminds me of office workers who suddenly realized the boss is walking through and they all need to look busy, it's a joke I've done before but it still cracks me up.