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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:
 

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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.
 
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