Dear reader,

The Third Monday of the Month is Here!

SAVE THE DATE: Monday, September 16th, at 6:30 PM at the Olive Free Library.

Just two, YES 2, BeeGroup meetings left this year!

And October's meeting will be the honey tasting contest. Get yours spun and bottled. Bring as many samples as you like. Vote early, vote often!

This meeting's video production is going to feature Rob Overton. So get the popcorn and your autograph book. We're going to make Rob famous (he might already bee famous! ;-)


While you are reading below, Tom sent along a beautiful spiritual piece of music: The Bethel College Choir singing in a brand new Grain Silo. Not a bad way to consecrate a food vessel with some good vibrations... Get thru the intro, its worth it. 

(Opens a new window on YouTube). 


Got Beekeeping or questions about your bees? Come to the Bee Group Meeting.  The answer is here!


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


Please send photos, videos, stories and links to articles for next newsletter.


Cookies. "C" is for Cookie...




Come tell us how YOUR bees are doing...


REMINDERIntro to Beekeeping - Saturday January 11, 2020 10:00AM – 3PM, Olive Free Library. Get it on the calendar now, if you can wait that long. ;-) Or you can come to the Bee Group Meeting this Monday night. 


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


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Yours Truly,

Bill Vilkelis, Editor

(This week, I still blame Jen...)


• What: Bee Group

• Where: Olive Free Library, West Shokan

• When: 3rd Monday of the Month - 6:30PM

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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A new documentary about a beekeeper. Hatidze lives with her ailing mother in the mountains of Macedonia, making a living cultivating honey using ancient beekeeping traditions... Being shown at the Woodstock Film Festival. Let's get a "hive" together and go to a screening...

CLICK HERE to see the trailer...


Incredible lost story of beekeeping Scottish prisoner of war unearthed by researchers


The long forgotten story of a beekeeping Scottish prisoner of war has been unearthed by researchers at Scotland’s Rural College.

Despite refusing to “slave” for Hitler and being forced to endure a bitter march across Europe after his capture, Company Sergeant Major James Hamilton Savage persuaded the Nazi guards in Stalag 383 to allow him to set up beehives behind the barbed wire fences.

CLICK HERE to read more... 




The semen of male honey bees contains a poison that makes queens temporarily lose their sight after sex, in what scientists described as a "sexual arms race.

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Honey Bee Healthy Recipe


Need a Honey Bee Healthy recipe for making your own Honey Bee Healthy supplement? With the price of the actual product being over $120 per gallon, it makes sense to make your own for pennies on the dollar.

Click Here to read more.


Pollen diversity boosts honeybee defenses against parasites, insecticides, long-distance transport

A new study provides valuable insights into pollen abundance and diversity available to honeybee colonies employed in five major pollinator-dependent crops in Oregon and California, including California’s massive almond industry.

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





With Special Thanks for providing the Venue: Olive Free Library


Welsh Beekeepers Association Bee Disease GuideIt 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. 

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Click here for chart and discussion.

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



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