Dear reader,

HoneyBee Season is Upon Us! The Third Monday of the Month is Here!

SAVE THE DATE: Monday, March 18th, at 6:30 PM

Please join us for the next Bee Group Meeting at the Olive Free Library, this coming Monday, March 18th, at 6:30 PM.  Hope to see you there and looking forward to hearing how your bees are coming out of the winter. Are you ready for Spring?

March 9th Bee Symposium: We hope to get a recount from Tom Sotiridy and Rob Overton regarding the recent March 9th Bee Symposium held at the Shawangunk Town Hall, Keeping Bees in the Hudson Valley - Strategies for Success.

Bee Equipment For Sale: See below for several listings from retiring beekeepers who are selling used beekeeping equipment. First come first serve. Clean with vinegar!

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

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• 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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How to Effectively Use Probiotics in Your Hive

Probiotics are live beneficial microorganisms. Live beneficial microorganisms are found in many different places on the host’s body (Figure 1). Some are aerobic (oxygen-consuming), and some are anaerobic (don’t grow with oxygen). Probiotic microorganisms are predominantly present in the gut. Gut microorganisms are adapted to anaerobic (no oxygen) environment. Click Here to read more. 


Wallace's Giant Bee Attacks!

The world's largest bee is a big, black wasp-like insect as long as an adult's thumb, and it was extinct — or so scientists thought. The massive bee was rediscovered alive in Indonesia last month, decades after it was last seen.

Wallace's Giant Bee was named after discoverer Alfred Russell Wallace, who found the massive species. The last time a specimen was spotted was 1981. In January 2019, a group retraced Wallace's steps and journeyed to Indonesia to see if they could find the bee. Their long trek paid off. Click Here to read more.


Honeycomb: How Do They Do This So Well?

Since ancient times, people have marveled at the society and the architecture of the honey bees. The following excerpt from “The Fables of Pilpay” gives a glimpse of the thinking two thousand years ago. Click Here to read more. 


Excerpt from The American Bee Journal: 


Since January 2015 I have been writing a column in these pages on the social evolution of the honey bee. Social, in the sense that I have focused less on Darwinian forces that shape the individual and more on Darwinian forces that shape the group. This is why I have not, for example, talked about the evolution of insect anatomy, metamorphosis, or flight, as these are ancient features that were settled hundreds of millions of years ago by individual selection acting on honey bees’ solitary ancestors.  Click Here to read more.


USED Beekeeping Equipment For Sale

Brian McAllister
917-709-6778, 44mcallister@gmail.com
I'm moving to Arizona and would like to sell my hives, no bees, and gear. 2 hives one complete the other needs a few frames. Includes XL suit, gloves, hive tools, smoker, a couple of cases of ball jars, I have a case of foundation. Includes a 2 frame manual extractor. I had hives on my roof in NYC for 3 years, moved up to Hudson Valley last year and intended to continue beekeeping here but now need to move again, Arizona. I’ll sell all for $300.00 just want it to go to a good home. Thanks.


Connie Kieltyka
Olivebridge, 845-943-0694, ombabies@gmail.com
I am selling several of my styrofoam bee hives which are in good condition, at discounted rates, if anyone is interested. Thank you.


NEW Beekeeping Equipment For Sale

Rob Overton, rob@bushkillventures.com

A brand new AZ hive from Slovenia that used Langstroth frames.   It is a 3-high (30 frame unit).    Reg price is $460 but I can sell for $400.

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Useful Links: 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


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