Do bees know their master?

Entomologists hold that there is nothing to the common notion that honeybees recognize the beekeeper and distinguish him from other individuals. Although some of the bees hatched late in it the fall survive the winter, the average life of a worker during the active honey season is only about six weeks, two of which are spent in the hive. It is not likely that a beekeeper would examine a hive frequently enough to be differentiated from other human beings. A good beekeeper does not provoke bees so much as inexperienced persons do because he is familiar with their habits and knows how to handle them.