Beesource Beekeeping Forums banner

1 - 6 of 6 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
171 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
During inspections today I found one of the queens I purchased this spring. She would walk around the hive doing normal queen things and then stop for 5 or 10 seconds to make a "veeee veeee" sound, while the worker bees watched her. There were many queen cells in the hive, which I destroyed.

I know virgins pipe. Under what other conditions do queens make this sound? :scratch:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,558 Posts
I had thought that queens about to emerge piped also; not a smart move under the circumstances though! I have never had the colony open to observe it happening.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,930 Posts
I have had mated queens in cages pipe when they were grouped together on a counter top.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,691 Posts
Perhaps she is listening to replies from virgins not emerged yet, so she can go and destroy them herself. You know, just in-case you might have missed one.

On the other hand... Perhaps she's wanting to leave with a swarm, but wants to make sure she hears a virgin respond before she leaves, just to be sure she's leaving behind a hive that can continue on.
 
1 - 6 of 6 Posts
Top