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Greetings Hello,


Swarm Season! Swarm on over to the BeeGroup Meeting...

We are meeting, in person at the Britta and Bill's house and we will peek into their hives. They've recently caught two swarms, so that should be interesting to look at--is the queen laying? Are they drawing comb? Tuesday May 16th, 5:45 pm.

Where: Britta and Bill's. 14 Private Lane, Olivebridge, NY 12461. When you come up the private lane, first house on right. Pull in/stack in the driveway or on side of road. Please do not drive past the power pole/generator--neighbors get upset, they are cranky. ;-)

.;-) Bzzzzz


If you see something that we should have at our fingertips, please forward and I'll add it to the References section for future ease of access.

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

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...

Photos VIDEO of the Month...

Video Click Here: Swarm Heading In...
-- OK, I got lazy and had this in the last newsletter. But it IS mesmerizing... ;-)

Bees in the News...

Bee swarming season is here: What to know

According to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, swarming is induced as bees increase their population size and require more space; plus, changing weather conditions from cool/rainy to warm/sunny seem to stimulate bees’ natural urge to swarm.

Click Here to read more.

A Swarm of Bees Delayed a Flight for Three Hours

A swarm of bees attached to the wing of a commercial plane in Houston on Wednesday, delaying its departure to Atlanta by about three hours. But despite the temporary hold-up, airline officials didn’t bee-smirch the insects or bee-moan the incident, which went viral on social media. They even managed to have a bit of fun with all the attention it garnered.

CLICK HERE for more.

Constructive Beekeeping by Ed Clark

So, we've heard this mentioned at the BeeGroup meeting a number of times. Here it is free from Archives.org. Some wisdom from 1918, has anything changed?

CLICK HERE for more...

Leave the bees be during bee swarming season

While spring is in the air, so are honeybee swarms in East Tennessee amid the pollinators’ reproductive season. People have been sharing on social media in beekeeping groups the emergence of swarming clusters of bees in the area.

CLICK HERE for more.

Oxfordshire beekeeper shares what to do if you see a bee swarm

    An Oxfordshire beekeeper has shared what to do if you see a bee swarm, after noticing bees were being killed needlessly.

    CLICK HERE to read on...


    SABA (Southern Adirondack Beekeepers)
    Lots of great information from this Club's website, many articles, and many lectures and seminars by various people in the worlds of beekeeping. Lot's of knowledge to be had here and worth your while.

    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
    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.

    Queen 16 Days, Worker 21 Days, Drone 24 Days...

    These are a Few Videos that You May Find of Interest (I particularly like the Skep video!

    Tony Jefferson – “Never Waste a Queen Cell”

    Small Scale Queen Rearing - Roger Patterson

    Well-mated Queens Produce the Busiest Bees by Heather Mattila

    Reading a Hive - Kirsten Traynor

    Skep Beekeeping in the Heathland - 1978

    Biology of the Honey Bee

    NY Bee Wellness - Diagnostics (Repeated Again from the Last Two Months)

    Hive Inspection Protocol

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