Updated: Nov 25, 2020
Listening to this video, you may think what you are hearing are people laughing, BUT it’s actually a war call from queen bees! The official term is, “piping.” Piping is most common when there is more than one queen in a hive. It is postulated that the piping is a form of battle cry announcing to competing queens and the workers their willingness to fight. It may also be a signal to the worker bees which queen is the most worthwhile to support.
The queen bee is the most important bee in the hive. She is the bee that births all other bees that live in the hive.
The Queen Bee plays a vital role in the hive because she is the only female with fully developed ovaries. The queen's two primary purposes are to produce chemical scents that help regulate the unity of the colony and to lay lots of eggs.
A queen honeybee can theoretically live up to five years, although the average queen bee lives for approximately two-to-three years. Queen bees are usually at their most industrious and vigorous in years one and two.