Classroom Questions Questions for “Quacks and toots help young honeybee queens avoid deadly duels” A honeybee queen surrounded by her workers. Beekeepers will sometimes mark the queen with a dot (blue-green here) to make her easier to see. Tatrano/iStock/Getty Images Plus Share this:EmailFacebookTwitterPinterestRedditGoogle ClassroomPrint By Science News Explores September 14, 2020 at 6:30 am To accompany “Quacks and toots help young honeybee queens avoid deadly duels” SCIENCE Before Reading: 1. Many insects make sounds humans can hear. List three or more of these. In each example, do those sounds have meaning — are they evidence the insects are deliberately communicating? 2. What’s one well known way that bees communicate with movement? (Hint: For its discovery, Karl von Frisch would share the 1973 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine.) During Reading: 1. Which members of a bee hive quack and toot? 2. What are acoustic waves and how can they be used in communication? 3. What are apiaries? 4. What do a bee’s quacks signal? 5. What do the workers bees do when they hear a queen’s tooting stop? 6. Under what circumstances will the worker bees let all of the baby queens hatch at once? After Reading: 1. Why do you think bees evolved this particular communication style? (Hint: Think about what a beehive sounds like.) 2. What might happen to the bee society if baby queens were silent?