Dear reader,

You missed it! Unless you were at the last meeting. In addition to wonderfully useful beekeeping advice, techniques and discussion, a 20 minute video was played featuring Tom Sotiridy speaking on beekeeping philosophy and how it has intertwined into his life. I have to say, it was very compelling and received a whole hearted round of applause. Thank you, Tom!  I don't promise anything, but I MAY have another for you at this meeting. You'll have to come to see! ;-)


Guess what? The Third Monday of the Month is Here!

SAVE THE DATE: Monday, June 17th, at 6:30 PM at the Olive Free Library.

While you are reading, feel free to listen to Hello little honeybee! Music video with Mister Chris. 

(Opens a new window on YouTube). 


Grow the list and the club. Pleazzze forward this newsletter to a friend. 


Please join us for the next Bee Group Meeting at the Olive Free Library, this coming Monday, June 17th, at 6:30 PM.  Hope to see you there and looking forward to hearing how your bees are coming out of spring--should be kicking' arse and takin' names!

Don't forget to treat for Nosema! Click Here for procedure. 

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

Feel free to bring photos, stories, presentations on experiments about your bees to the meeting. Maybe some cookies!! Again? Yes? Some folks brought cookies, and I was a happy guy. Yum. I am not allowed cookies at home, but can sneak a few when off the leash! lol   ;-)

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Yours Truly,

Bill Vilkelis, Editor

(This week, I blame Rob...next time, it'll be Tom...but this week, Rob.  ;-)


• 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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Bees have human-like ability to link symbols to numbers, study finds


We already knew bees were smart enough to recognise zero and do basic maths but the latest research has found they have another string to their bow – they can link symbols to numbers too. 

Click here to read on...



Save The Bees: EPA Bans 12 Pesticides Harmful To Honeybees

The EPA is pulling a dozen products containing chemicals harmful to honeybees. It's the end of a long legal battle, but not the end of the threat to bees.

CLICK HERE to read more... 


IMPORTANT! Life Cycle of a Honey Bee (Video) and a Link to a Chart

One thing Tom and Rob talk about, and Tom is adamant about, is knowing the basics. This is a very interesting video, not the best production, but has info on the life cycle of the bee. This is important if you are monitoring your hives, trying to figure out when a virgin queen might lay, and how long before you might have new bees emerge. It'll help you determine a few things while tending your bees. 

Queen 16 Days

Worker 21 Days

Drone 24 Days

Click Here for video...

Click here for chart and discussion.


For All You Hop Heads!!!  

Study: Hemp Could Help Declining Honeybee Population


A recent study from Colorado State University reports that industrial hemp could help declining bee populations—a source of great ecological concern—because it’s a great source of pollen. Click Here to read more.



Honey bees don’t just bring home nectar  they also bring home pollution, making honey an excellent indicator of environmental contamination

As I stir a teaspoon of honey into my coffee, I humbly dwell on the effort that went into creating that sweet spoonful. How many bees touched that nectar? How many flowers? Across what distance? Some estimates say it takes the equivalent of one worker bee’s whole life to collect that teaspoon, and around 30,000 floral visits to sites several kilometers away. It turns out there’s even more than just honey in that jar, too. There are also trace amounts of lead, copper, cadmium, and other metals, which can all tell us a story of environmental pollution and where it’s coming from. And with the rising popularity of urban beekeeping, urban gardens, and citizen science initiatives, metropolitan hives are becoming ideal environmental monitoring stations.

CLICK HERE to



"The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it."

 ---Jacques Cousteau


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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