Sunday, May 27, 2012
Piping, Have you ever heard a virgin queen pipe before? Today I was doing some minor checking up on a couple of hives, when I heard the familiar sound of a new queen piping, I regularly listen with my ear pressed against the hive boxs. You can learn all kinds of things about a colony by doing this. The hive that was piping was number 3, they had just swarmed, I could actually hear about three different pipes. Later that same day I heard something totally new to me, I didn't even have to press my ear against the box, it sounded like a small motor or growling animal, almost made me jump. I had read about this kind of sound before from BushFarms.com, I tried to record it but my mp3 player has a terrible mic on it. I'm sure it has something to do with new queens and wining over the colony.
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