The second line of defense

So last month we talked about the bee smoker, the beekeeper’s third line of defense.  Today we’re counting down with number two in the beekeeper’s arsenal – protective clothing.

The traditional beekeeping outfit consists of a hooded suit, or a hat and veil, and gloves.  Experienced beekeepers may sometimes not use gloves if they have particularly delicate manoeuvres to perform, but Luke always sets us a good example and wears gloves every time! 

The face and neck are particularly important to protect, because bees who are looking to defend the hive can be attracted to the breath, as well as the fact that a sting on the face is much more unpleasant!   Our beekeeping suits come in a range of colours, but the traditional suit is white and made from cotton .  Wikipedia tells me that this is to provide “the maximum differentiation from the colony’s natural predators (bears, skunks, etc.), which tend to be dark-colored and furry”.  I don’t know what dark and furry things the LSE bees are going to come across on a city rooftop, but better safe than sorry!

Beekeeping suits can be bought anywhere on the internet, with a full suit coming in between £70-100.

Stay tuned for the #1 line of defense!


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