I've been an apiphobic for ages. Like, hardcore phobic. The kind of irrational fear that drives you to cross the road just because you see a bee.
And then came my 105mm macro phase.
This was shot in the same place as Goliath - in a garden, surrounded by small, big and huge bees. And surrounded means less than a meter apart from many.
Turns out I was just being egocentric: animals don't really care about (attacking) you, they're just minding their business. If you don't bother them, they won't bother you.
Fear of bees? Check!