Dear reader,

Just a reminder that we will be back to our regular schedule and will meet this Monday (7/17) at the Olive Library at 6:30PM.   There has been a steady honey flow in many areas, so it is important to check and make sure your hives have enough room and are not getting honey bound.   It is also time to determine your varroa mite treatment strategy if you have not already done so.

There still Nozevit+ in smaller quantities (10 treatments) available for those looking to take the proactive approach to keeping your bees healthy.

See you on Monday and bring your questions and topics for discussion.



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

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Varroa mite hurting NY honeybee colonies

Honeybee populations are shrinking at an alarmingly fast rate in the United States, and new research shows New York state is not immune to the problem.

Several issues are hurting honeybee populations – including extreme weather and pesticides – but a recent study by the New York State Beekeeper Tech Team led by scientists from Cornell University has brought attention to a bigger problem – the varroa mite.

The team examined 309 honeybee colonies from 70 apiaries across New York last fall and found 90 percent were infested by the varroa mite.

“The numbers are out of sight,” said David Hopkins, who owns Sky Barn Apiaries in Willseyville and has worked with the team in the past. “Pollinator protection is a serious business and we need to do more.”

Research also discovered deformed wing virus in 96 percent of the colonies and in all 70 apiaries included in the study.



Wild honey bees are doing just fine

Honey bees swarm in early summer. In a democratic process worth modeling, the swarm’s representatives go forth in all directions to find a new home, report back, and a gradual process towards consensus follows. It’s a life-and-death decision process perfected over millions of years. The best site agreed on, off the swarm flies. 

Very good news. Honey bees in the wild are doing OK.

I’d read that they weren’t, that the only honey bees surviving are ones in hives that beekeepers monitor for the varroa mite, a parasite, and apply a miticide as needed. 

Years back at a pollinator workshop I’d heard that if we see honey bees in our gardens it means there’s a beekeeper within two miles. Ever since, wherever I see honey bees I wonder where the beekeeper is.

I’ve passed the sad news along to others: no wild honey bees.

In this case, how wonderful to be wrong.



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.

• What: Hudson Valley Hives BeeGroup

• Where: Olive Free Library, West Shokan

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


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