Bee Day – done for the day
The packages remain in front of the hives for another day to let stragglers find their way home.
You can see a clump of bees in the upper-right corner of the green package.
It's normal for some bees to die in the package, although my packages did not lose many.
While pausing for this final inspection before heading in for the evening,
I pushed up my sleeves to mark the sting-free completion of Bee Day's milestone.
I had not noticed the bee lingering on my syrup-coated sleeve.
The sting to my arm was mild and brief; my pride took it somewhat harder.