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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: 



CSBA The President's Word - August 2014

The President's Word     - August 2014
Fellow Beekeepers, 

For those of you who have not already set aside the week of Nov. 17-21, 2014to attend the CSBA Annual Convention, please do so today! This year's 125th Annual Convention will be hosted by the Hyatt in Valencia, CA just north of Los Angeles with easy access to the I-5 freeway and very close to the Magic Mountain Theme Park and more for those familiar with the area. Please see the full-page ad at the bottom of this issue!

We are expecting a large turn-out of attendees from all over CA and around the country. There should be plenty of interest to both those making their living keeping bees as well as a large contingent of urban beekeepers, especially from the over 1,000 members of bee associations in Los Angeles and vicinity. I encourage all attendees to spend the extra dollars to stay at the Hyatt. Avoid the hassle of the morning commute; share a room to get the cost down. I am interested in booking as many rooms as possible since our group earns 1 complimentary room for every 50 rooms booked. These complimentary rooms are used to house some of our speakers, which saves the CSBA the cost of these rooms. We are bringing in many speakers that will need these rooms so please book your room today! Convention information is being added daily to the CSBA website so check back often to get the latest updates on the program. There will be links to most of our speaker biographies. 

Our September 4th CSBA board meeting is fast approaching. I encourage any CSBA member to attend these board meetings and get involved in supporting your organization. The CSBA Board of Directors is a core group of individuals that give up time out of their busy daily schedules to make the decisions that will better the beekeeping industry in CA. New blood is always welcome and encouraged. It is most important to share the burden in advancing the interests of CA beekeepers and beyond. 

Work is being done to make almond orchards a safer place for bees. Your Board of Directors is working hard to communicate with almond growers and Pest Control Advisors (PCA's) to mitigate bee health problems that occurred last season during almond pollination and to avoid the same problems this coming pollination season. There will be a panel at the CSBA convention with representatives from the almond Industry, PCA's, and beekeepers affected by bee kills last year in almonds. The goal - finding a safer path for bees in almond pollination in 2015. 

There are important meetings to attend to. Your CSBA President is planning to attend a follow-up meeting to the high level meeting held in Washington D.C. last March that resulted in a memorandum from President Obama in support of Honey Bee Health and Forage support systems. This USDA Forage and Nutrition Summit will also be in Washington D.C. in October. I believe Day 1 of the summit is open to the public. Day 2 will focus on working groups and will be limited to invited participants. This meeting will be followed by the 14th Annual North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) Conference. I expect a number of attendees at both these meetings will be in attendance at our CSBA Convention in November. I hope to get those attendees to regurgitate information gleaned from these meetings. 

I have heard news of good honey harvests in the Dakotas and the Mid-West. I hope this translates to lots of $ being spent on auction items at the CSBA Convention in support of raising $ for bee research. 

Bill Lewis, CSBA President

How Bees Make Honey Is Complex Process

The Columbus Dispatch     By Dominic Binkley   August 31, 2014

Researchers put honey under the microscope to unlock the secrets of this complex food

Transforming nectar into sweet honey is a tireless process that calls for incredible teamwork among bees. 

That and a lot of vomiting. (But more on that later.) 

In honor of bees, the sweet fruit of their labor and the upcoming Lithopolis Honeyfest in Fairfield County, we are going to explore the chemistry of honey. 

First, you’ve got to start with nectar, a liquid that plants produce to attract pollinators, such as bees.

Nectar is 80 percent water, colorless and slightly sweet thanks to fructose, glucose and other complex sugars, said Thomas Janini, an associate professor in Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. 

More than half of the water is lost as bees process nectar into honey, which ends up being 15 to 18 percent water, Janini said.

Although nectar’s composition varies depending on plant species and the environment, it contains some combination of amino and other acids, proteins, lipids, minerals and vitamins — ingredients that plants need to survive, said David Ball, a beekeeper and chairman of the Chemistry Department at Cleveland State University.

But sugars make up the vast majority of nectar’s ingredients and contribute to finished honey’s 83 percent sugar content. Varying combinations of sucrose, fructose and glucose make up most of nectar’s sugars and affect finished honey’s color and flavor, Ball said.

Nectar is just the raw material, though, said Janini, also a beekeeper. “When we consider honey, it’s a gross oversimplification to say that it’s just concentrated nectar. There’s a lot more going on here.”

The conversion process starts almost immediately after forager bees drink nectar from blooming plants and store it in an organ called a “crop,” or honey stomach. The organ, which is separate from the bee’s digestive stomach, can store as much as 25 milligrams of nectar until bees return to the hive.

After ingesting nectar, bees secrete enzymes, including invertase, diastase and amylase, that break down complex sugars into more easily digestible monosaccharides, or simple sugars, Janini said.

And here is where we get to the vomiting. At the entrance to a beehive, forager bees regurgitate the nectar and pass it on to house bees before heading back out for more nectar.

Enzymes are added each time nectar is ingested and regurgitated. House bees sometimes do this over and over again for as long as 20 minutes to continue breaking down the sugars, Ball said.

“Let’s face it,” he said. “Honey is bee vomit. It takes at least 100,000 vomits to make 1 pound of honey.”

Sucrose must convert into glucose and fructose, and moisture must evaporate for nectar to ripen into honey, Ball said.

House bees place the nectar in cells within the hive for one to three days until it contains about 20 percent moisture. To aid in drying, bees flutter their wings constantly to circulate air in the hive. When the moisture content decreases to less than 18 percent, bees cap the cells with wax to seal them off from additional moisture, said Barry Conrad, a Canal Winchester beekeeper.

“It’s a tough process since one bee only makes one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in their life,” Conrad said.

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

LA County Fair at Pomona Fairgrounds
1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA
Aug 29-Sept 28, Wed-Sun
(Note: The fair will be closed on Wed. 9/3.) 


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.

As always, delicious local raw honey from Los Angeles County is available for purchase. And Honey Stix galore!

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!


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!!!


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...

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