Greetings Hello,

It's time for our annual honey tasting competition. We encourage everyone to attended and help decide who gets to carry the title of "Best Honey 2023". If you have honey to enter, please bring it. There is nothing better than having a lot of different honey to sample. It allows us the truly appreciate the wonders of honey and the miraculous honey bee.

We will also be discussing winter preparation for those that haven't completed it.

We will meeting starting at 5:45PM at the Olive Free Library in West Shokan. Hope to see you all!


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...

Farewell to our Friends.....

For those that aren't aware, Bill and Britta have packed up shop and moved to Germany. They have been a core part of the BeeGroup for many years and will be greatly missed. We wish them the best in their new endeavor and hope they get back into beekeeping quickly. Bill has graciously offered to continue publishing our monthly newsletter once they get settled (They just arrived in Germany yesterday). So until then you are stuck with me doing it :-P

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...

Swarm returning to hive after clipped queen was unable to leave with them.

Bees in the News...

You can now try honey harvested from the Empire State Building

Last year around this time, the Empire State Building acquired a whopping 50,000 new workers—worker bees, that is!

In October of 2022, A​​lvéole urban beekeepers installed a hive on a sixth floor patio of the legendary scraper of the skies; NYC’s hottest new address for winged insects. Busily they buzzed along, and now the fruits of their pursuits have been harvested, that liquid gold, that sweet amber, that nature’s candy (get out of here you raisins!): honey.

Australia is exterminating tens of millions of bees to save its honey industry

Tens of millions of bees are being exterminated in a desperate attempt to save Australia's honey industry from a devastating mite plague.

Australia is the last major honey-producing nation to be hit by a varroa mite plague and is taking the measure to kill thousands of honeybee colonies to stop the mites spreading.


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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