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Trust the Bees!

No meeting in December.

The HONEY TASTING CONTEST was held on Sunday, October 10th. It was lively, it was contested, it was a brutal contest of wills, but in the end, Richie Q. Sullivan won with his trademark mint honey. The bees had taken this particular honey straight form a mint patch outside Richie's home--so no flavoring or artificial additives. Richie continues his honey tasting dominance, having won this contest 3 of the last 4 years. Who can beat him? Somebody has to raise some bees that can do it. Maybe some Marijuana Honey? We shall see...

Rob Overton is conducting a FREE beginners workshop, Intro to Beekeeping, January 15, 2022, Olive Free Library – West Shokan, 10AM – 4PM. If you are new to beekeeping, thinking about starting, this is a very nice intro to the subject. And even with a couple years experience, there is the opportunity to sit in with and ask questions of a beekeeper who has been at it all his life. The more people the better the workshop will Bee. Let your friends know, too, and pass this info on to those who are thinking about becoming a beekeeper. Don't miss out on this opportunity. Opportunity Knocks!!

Keep an eye on those bees! Winter is coming and this is the time we lose hives. Let us know if you have questions and please check Resources section below for beekeeping info...

AND FOR THOSE OF US who lose bees this winter, send the bees to the Beltsville Lab for a free analysis. They will tell you if your bees were overrun by mites or done in by Nosema. Let's you know what you might need to manage to in the coming year. Link is in the Resources section below.

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Queen 16 Days, Worker 21 Days, Drone 24 Days...Capped at 9th Day...

Some not quite Honey Bee music. Opens a new window. You won't Bee disappointed. Listen while you read...

Relaxing Holiday Groove...

Pls check the Resources section below...

For more information:

If you have any topics, ideas, selling bee equipment, or questions, feel free to contact us at BeeGroup@HVHiives.com.

Keep on BZZZzzz'n...

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US Honey Still Contains Radioactive Fallout From 1950s Nuclear Weapons Tests, Study Finds

Cesium-137 is just one of several radioactive isotopes uniquely created by nuclear bombs. According to the study, cesium mimics potassium, a common element used in biological processes, which is how it becomes a part of the plants from which the bees collect honey. However, others, such as strontium-90, mimic calcium, making products such as milk an easy pathway for human consumption, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. Another, iodine-131, is also passed through milk and readily causes thyroid cancer.
Click Here for the more.
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What kind of electromagnetic radiation can honeybees see, but humans cannot see?

They can see long UV.

Explanation: Humans can see violet down to a wavelength of about 400 nm. Honeybees can see to approx. 300 nm. The determination of what other animals can see (or hear) is dependent on how well we can train them to react to certain stimuli.
CLICK HERE for more.

Multiple Studies Strongly Suggest Wireless Radiation Is Harming Our Bees

The Facts: Unnatural sources of electromagnetic seem to be harming not only us, but our bees, trees and other insects.

Reflect On: How is so much of this technology able to rollout without appropriate safety testing? Why do many countries already have bans and restrictions in places like schools and nursing homes?
CLICK HERE for more.


Wintering success in beekeeping is dependent upon a multitude of factors. Good overwintering colonies start with good queens, a healthy, relatively mite-free worker population, and adequate honey stores which bees need during the coldest weather and to begin rearing brood after the winter solstice. Bees that age evenly over the winter, and disease-free early spring brood, are additionally important to winter survival.
CLICK HERE for more.

Are Honeybees the Most Effective Pollinators?

    If you've observed honeybees and wild bees foraging in your garden, you've probably wanted to compare them. Is the honey bee the most effective pollinator?
    CLICK HERE to read on...
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    Very good Case Study on the Collapse of a Hive and what the signs are. You need to see this. Very good photos. Opens a PDF in a new window .... https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NvP-olm7vwMxPVH-Oi1CNHH70Wq913ym/view

    Bee Biology
    Basic Bee Biology from the University of Georgia
    Basic Honeybee Biology
    Pictures of Bee Anatomy
    Honey Bees Identification, Biology, and Lifecycle
    Honey Bee Biology, Part 1: The Digestive System

    NY Bee Wellness: https://nybeewellness.org/

    Beltsville Lab: If your bees die, God Forbid!, please send a sample to the Beltsville Lab in Maryland. The analysis is free and they will email you the results. They check for Nosema and Mites. I sent a sample down a month ago and my hive was loaded with mites -- in December! Please share results with Rob,Tom and the BeeGroup so we can help keep tabs on what is happening in the 'hood. Thanks! CLICK HERE for details on how to submit a sample.

    Fat Bees Skinny Bees
    Talks about nutrition for your bees. This will impact how your bees can fight off disease and ultimately survive.
    Click Here for the Powerpoint.
    Click Here for the Manual.

    For Honeybee information, videos, podcasts and workshops please visit the links below. Workshops are being updated as we speak!

    Dave Cushman Beekeeping Website maintained by Roger Patterson.
    Go to Dave-Cushman.net

    With Special Thanks for providing the Venue: Olive Free Library

    A Quick Reference Guide to Honey Bee Parasites, Pests, Predators, and Diseases https://extension.psu.edu/a-quick-reference-guide-to-honey-bee-parasites-pests-predators-and-diseases

    Welsh Beekeepers Association Bee Disease Guide: It is important for all beekeepers to be familiar with the appearance of healthy worker brood, in order to recognise abnormalities which may indicate the presence of disease.

    Honey Bee Healthy Recipe

    NOSEMA: Treatment Procedure. Don't forget to treat for Nosema! Click Here for procedure.

    HONEYBEE LIFE CYCLE - Very Important to know. This is the building block of understanding your hives.
    Click Here for video...
    Click here for chart and discussion.

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    Bee Group Meeting

    What: Bee Group
    Where: Olive Free Library, West Shokan - check details above for location
    When: On Hold For Now

    Hudson Valley Hives is a beekeeping group that meets at the Olive Free Library on a monthly basis and discuss all things beekeeping. The meeting is driven by members questions and sharing experiences with the goal of spreading timely knowledge among fellow beekeepers. It is very informal and we welcome anyone interested to participate. If you are just thinking about getting started in beekeeping, a new beekeeper, or a seasoned beekeeper, you will benefit from the group discussions. There is no membership fee. The Olive Free Library graciously provides a meeting place for our group and we encourage you to make a donation to the library if you find the BeeGroup helpful.

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