Dear reader,

Happy Spring! It is so refreshing to see our bees happily flying and foraging after this years winter. Although the Hudson Valley isn't seeing much of a "bloom" yet, the bees are finding pollen to bring back to the hives. Things in the beekeeping world will be in full swing soon and we couldn't be more excited!

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April 20th Meeting-Oxilic Acid's Benefits, Use & Application

In recent news, Oxilic Acid has been approved by the EPA in the United States at a federal level. Efforts are being made to receive approval at the state level, making distribution and the sale of this miticide legal. In the event that you decide to use this product in your hive, it must be properly labeled with an EPA approval to be considered legal.

Oxilic Acid is a naturally occurring, organic compound used to manage the reproduction of the varroa mite, known to have devastating effects on a honeybee colony. The varroa mite is an external parasite that feeds on the blood of adult honey bees, causing the disease varroosis. This disease compromises the adult bees immune system, leaving them with big open wounds, making them more prone to infections. Varroa can only reproduce in a honeybee colony and sadly, a significant infestation will result in the death of an infected hive. It is important to monitor your mite counts throughout the season and take action accordingly. Oxilic acid has become a popular choice in the effectiveness of killing varroa, proper use also slows the development of resistance by the mites. 

We will discuss the benefits, use and application of Oxilic acid along with other options available for the treatment of varroa mites. Please come with any questions you may have or any other topics you'd like to learn more about!



Best of the Beekeeping Forums

The beekeeping forums are not only good for getting help with your questions, but also to learn and think about things you haven't considered.  Here are posts related to this months topic of discussion.

Oxalic Acid discussion

How oxalic acid syrup spreads on bees

1st of 3 Oxalic Treatments Done For Winter Prep


Video of the Month - Oxalic Acid Vaporization 


Hands-on Full Day Beginner Course

We will be offering a full day hands on beginners course on May 16th.  There is no better way to learn than in a bee yard where you can get the full experience. This will be a great opportunity to really understand all the parts and characteristics of a bee hive. We will examine frames within a hive reviewing signs of health, brood patterns and stages of their development, queen, worker and drone identification, cell sizes along with their uses, among many other things. This course will be a great place to find answers to all of the questions you may have. 

Fee for the course is $50 per person and the class will be limited to 12 participants.  So get your registration in early..... Contact us at to register.


Beekeeping Technology

In light of all the recent buzz about the Flow Hive, here is another ingenious invention offered by AI Root in the mid-60's. This is an example of things that seem like a good idea in principle but turn out to not work so well in practice. Time will tell which category the Flow Hive falls into.


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 starts with a short seasonal appropriate presentation followed by general open discussion. 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.

• What: Bee Group

• Where: Olive Free Library, West Shokan

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

Hope to see you at our next meeting,
Rob Overton
Lindsay Brower


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