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.

4 Responses to “Piping From Inside The Hive”

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  1. Phillip says:

    Whatever that piping sound is, it’s still happening. I’ll check the bottom box this weekend when we remove the honey supers. It’s probably nothing.

  2. steve says:

    The piping i have heard on my hive after it requeened itself was more like a duck quacking. Like this- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qXLEZejRow

    • Phillip says:

      That’s interesting. I watched some other videos of queen bees piping. Whatever is happening in our hive seems mild. I heard from another beekeeper who said a queen’s piping is usually more pronounced what the piping that’s coming from my hive. So it’s probably nothing. The final hive inspection for the year is planned for next weekend, so we’ll see what we find.

  3. Phillip says:

    I noticed about 10 mins ago the bees in that hive driving out the drones in a big way. I saw worker bees riding the drones like broncos. (I’ll post video of it as soon as I have a chance.) I could still hear the piping, too, little screams like in the original version of “The Fly.”

    It’s probably just that time of the year when drones get the boot. Or might it mean something else?

    I guess I’ll find out soon enough.

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