Answered By: Connie Britton
Last Updated: Aug 21, 2014     Views: 213

This is one of those seemingly simple questions that has no simple answer. Basically, the wings and part of the breathing apparatus, called spiracles, contribute to the production of bee sounds. Spiracles are holes in the side of the body which help the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide as part of respiration. A buzzing sound is produced when air passes over a membrane within the body. The beating of the wings also contribute to the buzzing sound. Buzzing is one part of the rather complex system which includes movements that bees use to communicate with one another. Different bees produce different frequencies of sound based in part on their body structure or function. Queens, for example, produce a sound called "piping" which occurs during swarming.