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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, October 6, 2014. Open: 6:45P.M./Start: 7:00P.M.  All are welcome!
NOTE: We will not have a meeting in September. We'll be volunteering in the Bee Booth at the LA County Fair. (We're located behind the Big Red Barn). Buzz by - Say Hi!  

Next Beekeeping Class 101:  Sunday, August 17, 2014. Time: 9:00am-noon.  Location:  Bill's Bees Bee Yard. Topic: Keeping your bees healthy and What You Can Learn About Your Bees At the Hive Entrance. BEE SUITS REQUIRED. Come, learn responsible beekeeping for an urban environment. Everyone welcome!.   

We're now on Facebook. Check our our official Los Angeles County Beekeeping Association page on Facebook and 'LIKE' us. We hope you enjoy the posts: https://www.facebook.com/losangelesbeekeeping 

THE LATEST BUZZ:  

Saturday
Aug302014

Opening Weekend at the LA County Fair - Great fun at the Bee Booth!

Visit the Bee Booth at the LA County Fair! We're still across from the Big Red Barn but we've moved to a bigger building with lots more room.


Gather round our fabulous HONEY BEE OBSERVATION HIVE and learn about bees. LACBA members will be on hand sharing their knowledge and passion for bees and beekeeping. Come, let us spark your interest in honey bees, their amazing lifestyle and social structure, how they help feed the world, and how they have survived for millions of years.  Come FIND THE QUEEN! 

On view is the fabulous bee photography by Kodua Galieti. We have posters and pollination information, bee-friendly plants, and suggestions for What You Can Do to help the bees.

This year we have a special treat. The lovely Queen Susannah, the American Honey Bee Queen, is buzzing across the country sharing interesting stories and facts about honey bees. She'll be on hand in our 'Bee Booth' to meet and talk with you from Sept. 10-14. Come MEET THE QUEEN!

As always, delicious local raw honey from the Los Angeles County area is available for purchase. Honey Stix will be in abundance.  BUZZ BY - SAY HI!

LA County Fair at Pomona Fairgrounds, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA) Aug 29-Sept 28, Wed-Sun(Closed Wed 9/3). http://www.lacountyfair.com/  http://www.losangelescountybeekeepers.com/events/

Saturday
Aug302014

LA County Fair - Bee Booth (Learn about Bees)

Visit the LA County Fair Bee Booth and Learn about Bees! Now thru Sept. 29 (Wed-Sun (fair closed Wed., Sept 3rd).)

Did You Know!!!

Honey bees have been around for millions of years.

Honey bees can fly at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour.

A honey bee colony can contain up to 60,000 bees at its peak.

A single honey bee produces about 1/12th teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.

A queen honey bee stores a lifetime supply of sperm.

A queen honey bee lays between 1,500-2,500 eggs a day and can lay up to a million eggs in her lifetime.

All the honey bee workers are female.

The drones, which are the only male honey bees in a hive, die immediately after mating.

Honey bees maintain a constant temperature of about 93º F within the hive year-round.

An industrious worker bee may visit 2,000 flowers per day. 

Learn more about the honey bees, pollination, and the important role bees play in our lives. Take home some local honey! Enjoy honey stix!!!

Enjoy the amazing photography of photo-journalist Kodua Galieti! 

Visit the LA County Fair!!!!  BUZZ BY - SAY HI!!!

Saturday
Aug302014

CBP Finds Africanized Honey Bees on Vessel

GSN: Government Secruity News     August 27, 2014

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists have found African Honey Bees (AHB) aboard a vessel in Savannah, GA that arrived from Mexico. The bees had been present for one to two weeks and were present in the interior surface of the bow of the vessel, which had also visited ports in Venezuela and Colombia before its Savannah arrival.

A local member of the Coastal Empire Beekeeper’s Association was contacted to remove the suspected AHBs. The bees were...

Read more.. http://www.gsnmagazine.com/node/42314?c=infrastructure_protection

Friday
Aug292014

How Do Varroa Mites Know When To Leave Honey Bee Hives?

Entomology Today    August 29, 2014

Although they are really tiny, the Varroa mite has the potential to bring large parts of western agriculture to its knees by infesting and destroying honey bee hives. Varroa mites are the “single most detrimental pest of honey bees,” according to the USDA National Honey Bee Health Stakeholder Conference Steering Committee. In addition to attaching to and feeding on the bees, Varroa mites can spread harmful viruses and reduce bee immunity.

The mites usually prefer to feed on bees that care for the youngsters in a hive because it gives them the opportunity to parasitize the honey bee larvae. However, these nurse bees generally stay within the hive, so the mites need to hitch rides on other bees in order to infect other hives.

So how do the mites know when to stay and when to go? After bringing a hive to the verge of collapse, the mites are confronted with a dilemma: stay put and perish, or get ready to infest another pristine hive.

Researchers in Italy think they have an answer to this question, and the results of their study are published in the Journal of Experimental Biology.

Rita Cervo and her colleagues from the Università degli Studi Firenze tested the mites’ preferences for feeding on hive-bound nurses or roving foragers, including robber bees from other colonies. They found that mites from hives with low rates of infection preferred to hop aboard nurses. However, as the rates of mite infestation in hives climbed, the mites became less choosy and seemed equally content to ride on foragers and nurses alike.

The team analyzed the blend of waxy substances coating the bees’ surfaces and found that in hives with low rates of mite infection, the wax on the nurses was very different from the wax of the foragers — which the mites are probably able to detect.

However, the wax mixtures on nurses and foragers from hives with high levels of Varroa mite infection were more similar, making it more difficult for the mites to distinguish between nurses and foragers. The presence of the mites had altered the foragers’ waxy coatings.

“When mite abundance increases within the colony, the lack of differences in chemical cues between nurses and foragers probably does not allow mites to discriminate between bees with different tasks and causes mites to ride on both of them,” they wrote.

By losing the ability to distinguish between nurses and foragers when infection rates are high, mites increase their chances of getting a lift from a forager that happens to be visiting from another hive, improving their chances of survival when their current hive faces extinction.

Read at... http://entomologytoday.org/2014/08/29/how-do-varroa-mites-know-when-to-leave-honey-bee-hives-its-all-in-the-bees-wax/

Read more at... http://jeb.biologists.org/content/217/17/2985.2.full.pdf+html

Wednesday
Aug272014

National Honey Board Accepting Bee Research Proposals

The following is brought to us by ABJ Extra.   August 27, 2014
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Firestone, Colo., Aug. 25, 2014 – The National Honey Board is requesting proposals for research dealing with honey bee colony production. 

The goal of this research is to help producers maintain colony health while assuring the maintenance of honey quality.  The NHB is encouraging proposals on Varroa research, but will consider proposals dealing with  Acarapis woodi, Nosema ceranae, and small hive beetle; the investigation into the causes and controls of Colony Collapse Disorder; and honey bee nutrition, immunology, and longevity. 

The NHB is open to projects that find new methods of maintaining health, as well as those that combine current methods to increase efficacy rates.  Other projects will be considered and research outside the U.S. is possible. 

The amount of funds available for a particular proposal will depend on the number and merit of proposals finally accepted.  The funds will be available for approved projects for the duration of the calendar year 2015 and may be carried into early 2016 if necessary; the duration of projects being funded should generally not exceed 12 months. 

Proposals must be received at the National Honey Board office by 5:00p.m. Mountain Time, November 17, 2014.  Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered. Instructions on how to submit a research proposal may be found on the NHB website at www.honey.com.

The National Honey Board is an industry-funded agriculture promotion group that works to educate consumers about the benefits and uses for honey and honey products through research, marketing and promotional programs.