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    Default My bees are sending Morse code signals

    Ok, so this is probably going to sound kind of crazy... I have a hive that swarmed about two weeks ago. This evening I stopped by the hive and noticed the bees were buzzing in what sounded a lot like Morse code. One loud buzz about a half second long followed by three or four short loud buzzes. After about ten seconds of normal buzzing they repeated it again.

    Has anyone ever heard of this? I'm not totally loosing my mind, my wife heard it too...

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    Default Re: My bees are sending Morse code signals

    Your not losing your mind, nor is your wife. I lost mine a long time ago,,my mind not my wife. I heard something like that too. I also have had the pleasant experience to hear and feel a Queen, now I can't remember what I was talking about.

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    Default Re: My bees are sending Morse code signals

    Which did you hear and feel? Queen Elizabeth II (UK), Queen Beatrix (Netherlands), Queen Megrethe II (Denmark) Your wife was OK with that?
    Bees have a number of vibrational communications that have been studied and recorded. I have three research papers at work that I just shared with our lab tech.
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    Default Re: My bees are sending Morse code signals

    What you are hearing is a virgin queen piping. They will do that shortly after emerging.

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    Default Re: My bees are sending Morse code signals

    There is also worker piping, and some similar signals.
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    Default Re: My bees are sending Morse code signals

    I'm am glad we can laugh with each other,,,Yes I heard and felt the Queen Piping,,I simply lost my wording. But she was in a gage, and came thru the mail.

    Did she pipe because she could smell the hive and bees??

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    Default Re: My bees are sending Morse code signals

    That's a queen piping i believe.My observation hive had some queen cells earlier this year and they would vibrate there wings while still in there cells.It was like they were communicating back and forth!Pretty cool stuff!

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    Default Re: My bees are sending Morse code signals

    You guys crack me up, got a good laugh from this thread.

    So what's the purpose of this piping? What is being communicated?

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    Default Re: My bees are sending Morse code signals

    Quote Originally Posted by 71Corvette View Post
    You guys crack me up, got a good laugh from this thread.

    So what's the purpose of this piping? What is being communicated?
    She's Horny??

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    Default Re: My bees are sending Morse code signals

    She's warning any of the other unopened queen cells that they are in big trouble.

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    Default Re: My bees are sending Morse code signals

    I've felt a few queens, or at least, I thought they were queens at the time.

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    Default Re: My bees are sending Morse code signals

    Are you trying to get all of us ham radio operators on bee source excited?
    We'll pay top dollar for queens we can communicate with!
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    Default Re: My bees are sending Morse code signals

    Piping! Love the sound! Sounds like bagpipes on helium!!
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    Default Re: My bees are sending Morse code signals

    I'm pretty sure the queen is calling any other queens in the nest.
    She'll go kill any that answer.
    *****.

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    Default Re: My bees are sending Morse code signals

    Unless you know the frequencies or can isolate the source, it can also be workers piping. Dr. Wenner is in Point of View - http://www.beesource.com/point-of-view/adrian-wenner/
    The Evolution of Bee Language, Harald Esch, Sci Am April 1967 250 cps,
    Communication among Social Bees, Martin Lindaur, Harvard Press, 1961
    Sound: An Element Common to Communication of Stingless Bees and to Dances of the Honey Bee, Harald Esch and Warwick E Kerr, Sci, Vol 149, No 3681, pp 320-321, July 16, 1965
    Sound Production During the Waggle Dance of the honey Bee, A. M. Wenner, Animal Behavior, Vol 10, No , pp 79-95, 1962
    Sound Communication in Honey Bees, Adrian M Wenner, Sci Am, April 1964
    Communication with Queen Honey Bees by Substrate Sound, A M Wenner, Sci, Vol 138, No 3538, pp 446-447, Oct 1962
    Dialects in the Language of the Bees, Karl Von Frisch, Sci Am August 1962
    The Dancing Bees, Karl Von Frisch, Harcort, Brace and Company, 1955
    The Sounds Produced by Swarming Honey Bees, H. Esch, Physiol 56, pp 408-411
    Manipulation, Modulation, information, Cognition: Some riddles of Communication, H Markl, Experimental Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, pp 163-194
    Worker Piping: The Piping Signals Produced by Laying and Guarding Honey Bees, J Apic, Res 19, pp 154-163
    Worker Piping Associated with Foraging in Undisturbed Queenright Colonies of Honey Bees, Apidologie 27, pp13-20
    Worker Piping in Honey Bee Swarms and its Role in Preparing for Liftoff, J Comp, Physiol A 187, pp 667-676
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