Hello, Iâ€™m almost too embarrassed to ask this question but as the reward will be some knowledge, here goes. Two weeks ago I opened a newish hive to put a queen excluder and super on. While I was there I decided to pull one frame just to check that all was well. I carefully put the frame back and put the queen excluder on and as I reached for the super I saw the queen. She was sitting on my hand. As I moved to contain her she buzzed of my hand and into the grass. I searched and searched but couldnâ€™t find her so I had to leave the colony to raise a new one. I figured it was a lesson hard learned and promised myself never to do that again. Believe it or not, I lost another queen three days ago â€“ idiot! I was transferring a colony I was given in a dilapidated hive into a new one. I moved the frames one at a time having each time checked the frame to see if the queen was on it. After all ten frames I found her in the box and carefully tried to catch her. Guess what, she buzzed out of the box and into the grass. Couldnâ€™t find her. Now how many times am I gonna have to learn this lesson? My question(s), what is the best way to catch and handle a queen. Second question, does a lost queen ever find her way back to her hive? I would imagine that if she was an egg bound, laying queen that sheâ€™s not really flight worthy. My hives are on stands at waist height. Hope I donâ€™t get banished from this forum for being a queen killer.