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Welcome to the Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia (BGSV). We meet on the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00 PM in Towne Hall, a wing of Towne Bank located at 137 Mt. Pleasant Rd.,Chesapeake, VA  23322.   The public is invited to join us for socializing and the meeting.

COVID-19 UPDATE:  Due to Governor Northam's order to reduce the Spread of COVID-19, by banning all gatherings of more than 10 people, we WILL NOT be meeting at Towne Bank for our August membership meeting.  We will be having our monthly meeting via virtual-based utilizing Zoom virtual meeting platform to conduct the meeting.  To attend August's meeting on the 10th at 7 pm, follow this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86876632907. Please allow some extra time as the Zoom site is requiring some updates. You can log in 30 minutes prior to meeting start time.

Asian Giant Hornet

Asian Giant HornetAs most have heard in recent news, Asian giant hornets (Vespa mandarinia) have found their way into the United States. Although not aggressive towards humans, these hornets present an additional threat to honey bees. The first siting in the United States was on 8 Dec 2019 by a resident in Blaine, Washington. The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) confirmed its identity as an Asian Hornet. This insect has not been found in Virginia or in the U.S. outside of Washington state.

While Asian hornets feast on a variety of insects, they do have an appetite for honey bees. These hornets will attack individual honey bees throughout the season; however, in the summer and early fall, they become very aggressive against the entire hive. A few hornets will attack the entire hive, then take over the hive and begin taking the brood back to their own colony to feed their young. 

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Bee Swarms

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 It is that time year when honey bee colonies reproduce, known as swarming.  If you find a swarm of honey bees on your property, please DON'T harm them, call us! BGSV provides FREE SWARM REMOVAL in and around the Hampton Roads area. Call one of our beekeepers on this list.

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