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Do honeybee queens sometimes quack?

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2010-09-18 18:05:30

Yes, Queen bees can and so make quacking sounds in the hive. I

have a next under my office shed and it has been driving me mad

looking for the source of this quacking sound. After seeing several

honey bees flying underneath I did some research and indeed found

that they do quack. Bizarre but definitely true.

From Wiki:

"Piping" id="Piping">Piping

Piping describes a noise made by virgin and mated queen bees during

certain times of the virgin queens' development. Fully developed

virgin queens communicate through vibratory signals: "quacking"

from virgin queens in their queen cells and "tooting" from queens

free in the colony, collectively known as piping. A virgin queen

may frequently pipe before she emerges from her cell and for a

brief time afterwards. Mated queens may briefly pipe after being

released in a hive.

Piping is most common when there is more than one queen in a

hive. It is postulated that the piping is a form of battle cry

announcing to competing queens and the workers their willingness to

fight. It may also be a signal to the worker bees which queen is

the most worthwhile to support.

The piping sound is a G♯ or A♮. The adult queen pipes for a

two-second pulse followed by a series of quarter-second toots.[2]

The queens of Africanized bees produce more vigorous and frequent

bouts of piping.

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