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The image on the upper right has been stretched so that Wild Bill looks taller on the screen than he is in real life.  It's always a good idea to wear some protective equipment when harvesting, but bees can be so gentle that protective gear is not mandatory; closing your eyes is optional. The girls can get a little defensive late in the year, and rightly so.  Bill needs to be sure to leave them enough honey (about 40 lbs.) to make it through winter.



The girls (Bill calls them his girls, they are almost all girls) can be so gentle that protective equipment is not always needed (but is always a good idea).  A wheelbarrow is sometimes handy; it is not uncommon to get over 100 lbs. of honey from a strong hive in the right location.