Greetings Hello,

Frohes Neues Jahr! Happy New Year!

Just a reminder, the FREE INTRO TO BEEKEEPING seminar is Saturday, January 27th at the Olive Free Library. Send the info to those you know interested in bees. Also good for those 1-2 years into keeping bees, because you have a lot of questions. And Rob is the guy to ask questions of.

PLEASE POST THE FLYER OR THE WEBPAGE ON YOUR BEEKEEPING FACEBOOK PAGES AND ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA. SPREAD THE WORD! https://hvhives.com/intro-to-beekeeping-seminar/ This is important. Download the picture below to post. Please get it out on Social Media so a new group can enter the Wonderful World of Beekeeping on the right foot.

See flyer below. :-)

Also, Bug Rob to have the next Bee Group meeting. You will soon want to peek in the hives, observe their behaviors now, and mostly look to feed well before spring. BTW, I heard it is Rob's birthday at the next meeting, so we want to have that next meeting asap. ;-)

Bug Rob. ;-) lol


Scroll to the bottom for references in Beekeeping...

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...

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

Keep on BZZZzzz'n...

Mark the Date and Spread the Word!......


Our 2024 "Intro to Beekeeping" course has been set. Please pass on to anyone you think would be interested. Not just potential beekeepers, but anyone who would like to learn more about bees. The more folks that are educated, the better for the bees!

Photos of the Month...

Who knows what this gizmo is? EMAIL ROB WITH THE ANSWER...

Now we Bee Talkin'...

Bees in the News...

We always knew we are Badass, really BADASS! Now it's time to kick some ASS!

Honey and wax from centuries-old hives. Craft sourcing on tree trunks | Documentary film

Is this a good place for bees?


Constructive Beekeeping - Ed Clark, 1918
Link to Book, PDF

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

Hive Inspection Protocol


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