I heard what’s often referred to as piping from the bottom of Hive #1 yesterday. (Read more about piping at Honey Bee Suite.)
Piping sounds usually come from newly emerged queen bees. We requeened this hive back on July 11th. I’m not sure what to think. Perhaps it’s not piping at all. At any rate, I got it on tape:
You might need to crank up your speakers.
My ventilated inner cover allowed me to place a recorder in the hive without disturbing the bees. The sound might surprise you.
If you can’t play the audio file, you can download the MP3. (Right-click and select “Save as…” or hold down the Alt key and click the link. Mac people, do whatever you do.)
Here’s a video from a few days ago when the sun came out for about half an hour for the first time in about a week.
Check out some of my other videos to hear the difference between thousands of drones and regular worker bees. Drones en masse produce a deeper and meaner sounding rumble.
I picked up 3 nuc boxes of honey bees last night. 2 for me, 1 for someone who should be picking up her bees today. Here’s a shot of the boxes and the bees close-up.
I’ll install the bees into my hives later today. I’ll document it all eventually. In the meantime, this is what the bees sound like in their boxes.
(The bees come in around the 1:00 mark.)