Piping Queens...one in cell, one out..fascinating!

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  1. hlhart2001

    hlhart2001 New Member

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    I found this video and I think it is fascinating. I know that more experienced beekeepers are aware of this..has anyone ever heard this? I think it is wild that the queen still in the cell is piping away and the other is "answering"/challenging. These bees never cease to amaze me:grin:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBlI1sgczVY
     
  2. pturley

    pturley New Member

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    My guess (guess mind you) is that the small swarm was likely a cast with a virgin queen that slipped by the "NEW" queen that was issuing the challenges.
    I am guessing he likely missed the prime swarm with his original queen a week or so prior.

    Great video BTW! Very good find!
     

  3. Bees In Miami

    Bees In Miami New Member

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    Fascinating indeed! I did a swarm removal last week, and it was the first time I heard a piping queen. I was VERY excited when I heard it! So I don't know if that means she is a virgin, or what, but it was very, very cool to hear!