a queen, a queen, A QUEEN! i sometimes wonder if the bees whisper or shout for joy to their sisters when we requeen hives in their own social communication? are they as joyful as we are when queens are accepted? some pictures of one of my hives receiving a new queen. requeening hives is not always successful, but a good initial â€˜greetingâ€™ of this queen by the bees. these girls were happy and eager to receive her. i placed the cage on top of the frames to watch how they might accept her, and within minutes they were scent fanning. the hive went from a crabby roar to an excited and contented hum. the girls were placing their antenna in the cage and were passing her pheromone along to other sisters in the hive, rather than trying to get their butts in there with stingers. :grin: i suspected the hive was queenless, but it was not. the day before i requeened this hive, i went through the hive one more time, and found a supercedure queen that i had missed in previous examinations. she was very small and slender, and knew i had to replace her. i ran her into an extra queen cage (just in case) and left the hive queenless for 24 hours before placing the new well mated queen in. i practice indirect release of my queens, primarily because i keep russian hybrids and mutts of, and this queen was a russian hybrid; they can be somewhat particular. 7 days later i checked on her and she was and is laying up a storm and has not been superceded. as many times as i have requeened a hive, i am still curious and in great wonder about the communication and the activity of the bees upon receiving a new queen.