A good friend and fellow beekeeper gave me a hair clip queen cage. When he inspects, and finds the queen, he puts her in that and sets her on top of the frames so that he knows where she is, then releases her when he's done. Seems to make sense.
So I was needing to move a couple of frames to another hive, so I thought it would be a perfect time to use the clip.
All was well until I went to release her and realized a bee had stung her through the cage - had ahold of her throught the "bars" and had the stinger into her from outside the cage. I figure it must've been a bee from another hive.
Totally bummed about losing that queen. I won't be using the clip in that way again...