Dear reader,

The Third Monday of the Month is Here!

SAVE THE DATE: Monday, July 15th, at 6:30 PM at the Olive Free Library.

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


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


Oh, and bring COOKIES! Everyone likes cookies and I am not allowed at home. Don't leave them in the car, bring them in. We like cookies. But good ones, no gas station cookies... ;-)



While you are reading below, feel free to listen to Mipso - "Honeybee"

(Opens a new window on YouTube). 



We saw more more Video, a queen hatching, and Tom made an appearance and brought the Mrs. on their Anniversary! Is there a better way to spend an Anniversary than at a Bee Group Meeting? I think not :-) 

Summer in full swing. Bees are Bees and they are doing their thing. Are you doing your thing? That is the question.



Queen 16 Days

Worker 21 Days

Drone 24 Days


AS ANOTHER REMINDER: Don't forget to treat for Nosema! Click Here for procedure. 


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).     Check with Rob for pricing. 


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, July 15th, 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!


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 blame Tom...Last time, it was Rob...but this week, Tom...  ;-)


• 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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BEE PORN!  Brood on an 18 inch deep frame.






VIDEO: Honey Bees preparing to SWARM swarm interrupted, swarm cells, drones 


A little late, but a nice video on Honeybees preparing to swarm. Enjoy. :-) 

CLICK HERE for video... 


VIDEO: Beekeeping Lesson: If Honey Bees Attack, Why do they do that? What should you do?

The Summer Solstice has passed. Bees take on a new personality. They might get awnry when previously they were lovey dovey. Check it out.   

Click Here for video...



US beekeepers lost 40% of honeybee colonies over past year, survey finds


Study marks worst winter on record for beekeepers, despite intensive push to stem losses. 

Click Here to read more.


Can folk music save the honeybee?

...The stakes are high and 25-year-old fiddle player Rowan Piggott believes that folk is the answer. “The environmental crisis is one of the biggest issues of my generation,” he says. “All of our political and economic problems pale in comparison, since they tend to go in cycles, whereas we have done irreversible damage with climate change.”

A waifish presence in a tweed jacket, Piggott is surprisingly optimistic about the future. “People’s knowledge of the crisis is very general,” he says, “and they often don’t know what they can do to effect a meaningful change, so that’s why I started the Songhive project, to give people chances to get involved with the bees.”

Since Piggott’s father is an acclaimed traditional Irish folk musician and his mother is a beekeeper, the project seemed inevitable. Piggott noticed an accumulation of folksongs about the plight of the bees, such as Lau’s 2012 instrumental Save The Bees, and decided to create an online archive to raise awareness.

“I thought it’d be a nice way of reminding people that for thousands of years we’ve had a healthy respect for bees as part of our life-cycle and now that people are more distanced from the process of producing food, we have forgotten that and bees have become a mild annoyance...”

CLICK HERE to


"The only reason for making a buzzing-noise that I know of is because you're a bee...The only reason for being a bee that I know of is making honey....and the only reason for making honey is so I can eat it."

~ Winnie the Pooh in A.A. Milne's 'The House at Pooh Corner'


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


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. 

Click Here for video...

Click here for chart and discussion.


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