Well, this morning I was checking queen status (looking for mated/laying queens). When I located a queen that was mated/laying I would gently mark her, then return her to her colony. Every so often a queen would escape me and take a short flight, so this morning I had one that took a short flight, but instead of returning to her own hive, as almost all of them do, this one tried to enter a hive, behind her own hive. I watched her land and retrieved her immediately, the bees from that hive had promptly started attacking her. After she was in my hand I had to carefully hold on to her, while removing the attacking bees (I had to kill some of them to get them to stop holding tightly to her legs and wings). Perhaps six of their stings inserted themselves in the tip of my right index finger - ouch. I did manage to safely extricate her from this mess. I then carefully marked her as I usually do, after letting the marking paint dry thoroughly I released her back into her own colony -- oops, apparently she had acquired a fragrance her own workers no longer recognized, they began attacking her, similarly to how she was attacked at that other hive. Fortunately I needed to harvest a queen for a customer, so I caged her, gave her an entourage of attendants of nurse bees from a nearby queenless colony -- they accepted her without incident.