Tootin’ and quacking. Life of a queen bee

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The Queen Bee toots and Quacks to communicate

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If it quacks like a duck…. it might be a queen bee

Piping, tooting, and quacking are all sounds made by a queen bee. Scientist have discovered that when a queen is ready to emerge from a queen cell they start quacking to tell the worker bees to let her out. Once she emerges she starts making a tooting noise. This tells the worker to keep any other queen cells closed up. The queen then goes full regicide and kills any other future queens by chewing threw the sides of their queen cell. Click the link above to learn more about how bees communicate in the hive.

Another great article on the same subject

Here is another link to behaviour of newly hatched queens

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