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Welcome to the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association!

For over 130 years the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association has been serving the Los Angeles Beekeeping Community. Our group membership is composed of commercial and small scale beekeepers, bee hobbyists, and bee enthusiasts. So whether you came upon our site by design or just 'happened' to find us - welcome! Our primary purpose is the care and welfare of the honeybee. We achieve this through education of ourselves and the general public, supporting honeybee research, and practicing responsible beekeeping in an urban environment. 

"The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others."        Saint John Chrysostom

Next LACBA Meeting:  Monday, November 3, 2014. Open: 6:45P.M./Start: 7:00P.M.  All are welcome!

Beekeeping Class 101:  Our 2014 Beekeeping Class 101 has ended for the season. Check back in January of next year for information on the 2015 Beekeeping Class 101.

2014 CSBA ANNUAL CONVENTION - 'Celebrating 125 Years of California Beekeeping'
November 18-20, 2014
HYATT REGENCY VALENCIA, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia, CA 91355

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Researchers Hope to Upload Simulated Honey Bee Brains into Insectobots

Tip News   By DNA   October 20, 2014

A team of scientists inspired by the animated American television series “Pinky and the Brain” is hoping to conquer the world by developing and uploading a computer program that simulates a honey bee’s brain into swarms of insectobots. Armed with nano-stingers filled with chemicals formulated to control humans, these flying robotic insects will be able to annoy their human prey as efficiently as real life bees.

Okay, I kid.

In truth, researchers at the Universities of Sheffield and Sussex are developing an algorithm that mimics two key functions specific to a honey bee’s brain, vision and sense of smell. Although it’s easy to dismiss a honey bee’s intelligence, trying to simulate even the simplest cognitive processes pose significant challenges to the scientists working on this project, dubbed the “Green Brain Project.”

Driven by the need to find ways to supplement the world’s diminishing honey bee population, the “Green Brain Project” was recently awarded USD $1,614,700 by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The project is also supported by the NVIDIA corporation who has donated key hardware, most notably high-performance graphical processing units called GPU accelerators.

robobee2What makes this project unique is its approach to computer simulated cognition, which strives to create a working AI that more closely resembles the interactive neurological processes of real brains: “This is an important further advance over current work on brain models because it is becoming more and more clear that an essential aspect of brain function is that the brain is not acting in isolation but in constant interaction with the body and the environment.

The project is also getting help from honey bee brain expert Martin Giurfa of Toulouse, whose contributions to the project the researchers hope will lead to autonomously flying robotic insects that will be among the first to perform specific cognitive tasks as efficiently as the brains of real insects, and in this case, with the aim of helping pollinate the world’s crops.

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Honeybees' Cells May Offer Clues to Die-Off, published study finds

University of Wisconsin  By University Communications   October 13, 2014

By day Jim Burritt is an associate professor of biology at University of Wisconsin-Stout. By early morning, evening and weekends, he’s a beekeeper.

Burritt started beekeeping as a high school student in Colorado in the 1970s, and today he and his wife maintain several honeybee colonies at their home in rural Dunn County.

Like thousands of other beekeepers around the world, however, he’s perplexed. Something is killing honeybees. Year after year, many honeybee colonies don’t survive the winter.

Last winter for example, the approximately 70,000 bees in each of Burritt’s three hives died. In the spring, he had to buy more bees and start over.

The problem, known as hive winter kill, is threatening the honeybee industry and possibly even the species itself.

But what exactly is the problem? That’s where Burritt, the biologist by day, is trying to help.

He and several students in UW-Stout’s applied science program have conducted a groundbreaking bee cell study that is receiving international attention. The two-year project, “Honey Bee Hemocyte Profiling by Flow Cytometry,” was published Monday, Oct. 6, by the international journal PLOS ONE. The research can be found online at

Recent UW-Stout graduate Will Marringa was the primary student researcher and serves as lead author for the article.

PLOS One is a peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication for science and medicine research, according to its website,

Burritt has developed a process by which the immune cells of honeybees can be analyzed and...



BIP HiveCheck Results for Oct. 1-13, 2014

Bee Informed Partnership     October 17, 2014

Winter is upon us and beekeepers across the nation are getting ready! Based on our list of suggested questions we saw a lot of interest in winter preparation so we added a few questions to the survey to dive down into what folks were up to. Across the board, beekeepers are certainly getting ready but it seems from comments few beekeepers are actually wrapping or insulating their hives just yet. Predominantly comments showed winter preparations including using entrance reducers, mouse guards, and ...


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Theodore Payne 2014 Fall Plant Sale (Fri-Sat, Oct 17-18)

Los Angeles Times   By Debra Prinzing October 16, 2014     

Landscaping with California native plants has probably never been more compelling than it is today, when gardeners throughout Southern California are taking drastic measures to keep their yards looking green or, at the very least, alive.

"Natives are adapted to our seasons," says Kitty Connolly, executive director of the Sun Valley-based Theodore Payne Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to California native plants. "Now is the perfect time to plant so that you will have a beautiful garden next spring. Most of these plants are dormant in the summer, but they take advantage of cool weather to grow."

We asked three veterans of the 2014 Native Plant Tour, held in April, to share their tips and favorite plants...


(The Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association would like to thank the Theodore Payne Foundation for providing bee-friendly native plants for the Bee Booth at the Los Angeles County Fair this year.)


BEE Best Management Practices

Almond Board of California   October 16, 2014

As part of an ongoing commitment to honey bee health, the Almond Board of California recently released a comprehensive, set of Honey Bee Best Management Practices (BMPs) for California’s almond industry. Developed with a wide array of input from sources including the almond community, beekeepers, researchers, California and U.S. regulators, and chemical registrants, the BMPs represent the Board’s most extensive educational documents to date to ensure that almond orchards are and remain a safe and healthy place for honey bees. The documents lay out simple, practical steps that almond growers can take together with beekeepers and other pollination stakeholders to protect and promote bee health on their land and in the surrounding community.

Download the newly released Honey Bee Best Management Practices for California Almonds

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