I have been wondering how a queen bee reacts when she hears another queen piping. I thought: surely some bee scientist has done exactly that: record the piping sound and play it back to bees to see what happens. I did some limited googling and couldn’t find any scientific paper that dealt with exactly that- though I am going to assume it’s out there and I used the wrong key words. It just seems a no brainer: what self respecting bee scientist wouldn’t want to see how a queen reacts to anothers piping?
Has anyone heard of such a study? I was just musing and wondering if the queen hears piping does she scuttle over to investigate? If she does- could a small device be used to attract her for observation, marking, etc? I emailed ‘the scientific beekeeper’ Randy Oliver in the USA to ask if he read any such research- he said he couldn’t recall- but that he once had a friend who was interested in the same idea and was looking into patenting a queen bee piping trap… but he never followed up on what became of it.