I was talking with my Mother the other day, we were discussing what happened with the queen in a new swarm, and she said, "Your father and I tried re-queening, but we didn't like taking the old queen and smearing her all over the inside of the hive."
You don't know my Mother. I thought about this for a minute, and then said, "Why would you be doing that?" To which she replied, "To get the smell of the queen inside the hive, to keep the bees there."
Now as you may have guessed, my parents were from the old school of keeping bees, what today is referred to a Bee-haver. Banging on pots and all that kind of stuff, so my question is:
Has anyone ever heard of a practice like this? Where the heck did she pick up an idea like this?
Honestly; keeping carcasses preserved in a jar of alcohol is creepy enough.