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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 current mitigations to reduce the Spread of COVID-19, we WILL NOT be meeting at Towne Bank for our May 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 9th at 7 pm, follow the link  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/835 7865 0477. Please allow some extra time as the Zoom site may require updates. You can log in 30 minutes prior to meeting start time.

Asian Giant Hornet

Asian Giant Hornet

The Asian giant hornets have made their way back onto the news. The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) employees were able to destroy the first known nest in the U.S.The nest was located in Whatcom Country near the Canadian border. The WSDA killed about 85 hornets that were nested in an alder tree by vacuuming them out of the tree. The queen hornet was not in that group, but they do believe they killed her when they pumped carbon dioxide into the tree to kill the stragglers followed by foam sealant and shrink wrap around the tree. Sven-Erik Spichiger, an entomologist who directed the nest eradication, said it is unknown if the hornets will establish a toehold in Whatcom County and begin to migrate to other areas of the U.S. and that it still looks optimistic that the WSDA is ahead of this to keep further nesting out. (Lewis, 2020)

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