We finally got a little sunshine today after several days of almost non-stop rain, and I was finally able to go through my hives. [img]smile.gif[/img]
One was a swarm that I captured about 3 weeks ago and was pleased to see that the queen has been laying in pretty nice patterns on a handful of frames. I was in the center of the box looking at a frame of brood when I heard a faint "flute" type sound. I didn't think much of it... thought it may be music from the house across the field. Then I heard it again and this time noticed that it was coming from the box - could it be a Piping Queen? [img]smile.gif[/img]
I pulled out the next frame and heard it again but much clearer this time, and sure enough... there she was! I held the frame up for quite a while watching her, in awe. She must have stopped and piped 10 times while I was watching her.. and each time she piped, all the bees within about a 4 inch radius instantly froze - and as soon as she stopped they all started moving again. It was one of the coolest experiences I have had in a while with the bees. Awesome!
Anyway, it's probably no big deal for most of you, but I just wanted to share my 1st.