My son and I have learned so much from Nugget Bob in the past. He has taken us to some of his old gold areas and patiently instructed us in many ways. Boulderdash and Adam are a couple of very generous guys that if not for them we wouldn't be in a position to impart some of our knowledge to the younger set. You can ask a few on here just who were they were with when you got your first Az. nugget. We take guys and gals to some of our secret spots and have a great time doing it. You can't make a statement like that and not be challenged. Maybe you are going about it the wrong way? There isn't a finer bunch of miners than on this forum.
Mike , the remark was completely unwarranted and unnecessary. There are always those who disagree but they should keep it within civility. Bob's contribution to this Forum has been invaluable and should be lauded instead of ostracized. Keep on, 'keeping on' Bob, don't let The b........ wear you down.
Bob, what you probably saw was that they were in a circular pattern around the queen. She is in the middle of that mass and they are all circling around her. You don't see them in motion going away and coming towards you while the whole mass is drifting slowly in another direction. If this was a while back and the swarm wasn't Africanized then they wouldn't have harmed you, but I wouldn't count on that today although I have never heard of even an Africanized swarm stinging. I stood in one last year and stayed perfectly still and they didn't sting. It was in my back pasture and I was close to the house so I took a chance to see what would happen. I would not recommend it though.
P.S. Bees do bump when issuing a warning, but that is only in the tame bee. The wild bunch has other ideas you can bet.