QUEEN PIPING

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  1. wfuavenger

    wfuavenger New Member

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    I am under the impression that a queen bee will pip when she is a virgin. Does a mated queen pip? We were inspecting a small ferel hive that was captured and the queen started piping when we found her. Thoughts?
     
  2. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    yes a mated queen will pipe. especially if she get excited and begins running they will pipe quite frequently. I think I read somewhere (winston likely) that her piping temporarily freezes the the workers that are directly around her.
     

  3. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    Yes a mated queen will pipe, she is looking for any challengers.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBlI1sgczVY

    Here is a pretty good video, many may have heard it but just did not recognize the sound. The first sound of piping is about 2:45
     
  4. Mama Beek

    Mama Beek New Member

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    that is way cool! Thanks for posting that, I had been wondering what that sounded like.
     
  5. BjornBee

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    I've heard them pipe under stress also.

    I've located many virgin queens from piping after going into a hive that was full of opening swarm cells.
     
  6. wfuavenger

    wfuavenger New Member

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