Arrived at one of our beeyards shortly after a swarm had left one our small starter hives. Spotted and removed the small swarm from the tree, then looked in the hive to see what was left. I heard the piping of queens. Turned out one was a hatched virgin queen and the other was an unhatched queen still inside her queen cell. When a queen "pipes" inside a queen cell it is sometimes called "quacking". Many new beekeepers have not heard queens pipe, let alone seen them, so this was a real treat. Piping usually warns of a battle that will result in the survival of only one queen, the normal number of queens in a hive.

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