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Must See - This is a video of a queen bee emerging from her queen cell.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=675575319165168

If you listen carefully, you can hear the queen making piping sounds before she emerges from her cell. 

Here is another good video of a virgin queen making several piping sounds

http://youtu.be/9qXLEZejRow

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. - Wikipedia

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