Sting counter reset! I managed to get 118 days into beekeeping before my first sting yesterday. While inspecting the hive, I had just tilted up the top deep box a bit to check underneath it. Full of bees and honey and pollen, it's about 45 pounds; that's hard to handle skillfully by myself, so I ended up setting it back down a little roughly. A buzz of protest arose, and I got stung on my lower thigh. I was wearing some blousy pajama pants, which I think prevented the little gal from sinking in like she wanted to. It hurt, but not nearly like I expected. In fact, I wasn't completely convinced I'd been stung until I got back to the house and checked it out! It itches like crazy today, but redness and swelling is limited--it looks a lot like a mosquito bite.
As sting locations go, the thigh isn't so bad. Check out the places where researcher Michael L. Smith got stung ON PURPOSE. FOR SCIENCE.
Chart source. (Check this article out for a larger/easier-to-read version of the chart, and more fascinating information about studies on insect sting pain and toxicity!)