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This is the official website for the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association, established in 1873. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.


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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 2, 2017. Meeting: 7PM. Open Board Meeting: 6:30PM. (NOTE: There will not be an LACBA Meeting in September. We'll be sharing our beekeeping experience and knowledge at the LA County Fair Bee Booth. Buzz By, Say Hi!)

LACBA Beekeeping Class 101:
 Class #7, Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9AM-Noon, hosted at The Valley Hive. See our Beekeeping Class 101 page for details & directions. BEE SUITS REQUIRED. There will not be a class in September. We'll be at the LA County Fair Bee Booth.

Check out our Facebook page for lots of info and updates on bees; and please remember to LIKE US: 



Last Day for the LA County Fair - Buzz by the Bee Booth! - It's All About Bees

Pomona Fairgrounds
(The Bee Booth is across from the 'Big Red Barn')
1101 West McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
Check out our 2017 Bee Booth Photo Album on Facebook

Fair closes tonight, Sunday, September 24, 2017.

It's all about the bees at the Bee Booth!  Buzz By! Learn about bees.  Lots of experienced beekeepers on hand happy to share their beekeeping adventures! A great experience for all!


LA County Fair Bee Booth - Fun With The Bees!

Pomona Fairgrounds
(The Bee Booth is across from the 'Big Red Barn')
1101 West McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
Fair runs through September 24, 2017 (Wed-Sun)

Fair ends this weekend. Come join us for lots of fun at the Bee Booth!

Visit our 2017 Bee Booth Photo Album on Facebook


Some Positive Buzz about Honey Bee Numbers

AGWEB    By Alison Wedig    September 22, 2017

Honey bee numbers show a slight improvement this year over the same time in 2016, according to USDA. © Charlene FinckThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a positive report on honey bee colonies this past spring. The number of commercial U.S. honey bee colonies was 2.89 million as of April 1--3% more colonies than during the same time frame in 2016. The total number of honey bee colonies lost was also lower in 2017. The number of colonies lost from April through June 2017 was 226,000 colonies, or 8%, compared to 330,000 colonies lost, or 12%, in 2016.

These are positive signs that honey bee numbers are stabilizing, but the much-needed pollinators aren’t out of the woods yet.

“It is hard to look at the colony numbers and get a clear snapshot on overall bee health; what the numbers and charts don’t show is how much harder the beekeepers are working to keep those bees alive,” says Jeff Harris, Mississippi State University Extension research apiculturist and honey bee expert.

The USDA’s research shows that varroa mites were the No. 1 stressor for operations in 2017, though their impact on the colonies is down 11% this year compared to April through June 2016. While mites may be causing less harm than in the past, honey bee colonies will always face threats from this serious pest and numerous other pressures.

“Bee health has been devastated for the last 30 years not only because the varroa mite was introduced, but because other diseases and pests were introduced including the tracheal mite, Nosema ceranae (a fungal disease) and the small hive beetle. Beekeepers must continually manage these diseases and pests to keep bees healthy,” Harris says.

To address disease and pest challenges, Bayer CropScience and other agricultural companies are doing research on bee health and working to create technologies that can help beekeepers on a daily basis. Relationships between manufacturers and beekeepers are vital to keeping lines of communication open, so the two parties can work together to address issues that impact bee health.

“We are making steady progress in our collective efforts to improve honey bee health; however, there remains much work to do to achieve a truly sustainable bee industry,” says Dick Rogers, Bayer North American Bee Care Program, principal scientist and beekeeper. Rogers continues, “Beekeeping has never been easy, but the introduction of this parasite (varroa mite) has forever changed the rules of the game, forcing beekeepers to cope with this formidable foe or face the loss of their livelihood altogether.”

To combat these issues Bayer has created a number of platforms to aid in the research of new products, as well as set a goal to help feed bees by planting forages in all 50 states. (

Lastly, it is also important to understand the relationship between farmers and beekeepers. Honey bees are a critical component to agricultural production through their pollination activities.  In 2010 research from Nick Calderone at Cornell University documented that managed honey bees hired by U.S. crop growers to pollinate crops contributed over $19 billion per year to U.S. agriculture.

Taking advantage of these symbiotic relationships that farmers and beekeepers share are important for securing future benefits for all of agriculture.

“This relationship was first noticed when varroa mites first came to the U.S. There were devastating losses of bee colonies that led to shortages in those needed for pollination.” Mississippi State’s Harris says. “Some crop failures that resulted caused people to see that honey bees are important and need to be a reliable pollination source for certain crops.”  

When bees are brought into agricultural environments, the bees risk exposure to pesticides that can kill or otherwise harm them.  Of course, Harris adds, farmers need these pesticides to protect their crops from insect pests or weeds that threaten them.

“Much effort has been aimed at improving how farmers and beekeepers work together to best protect honey bees without dramatically hurting farmers who also need to make a living.  The dialogue between beekeepers and farmers must continue indefinitely if we are to get the best protection for bees while also securing the best production from the agricultural crops that need their pollination,” Harris says.


How To Annotate Your BIP Hive Scale Data

   By John Engelsma   September 22, 2017

Hopefully by now you all have your mites under control and are well on your way in preparing your hives for winter!  If you are operating a hive scale and forwarding your data to the Bee Informed Partnership, as your beekeeping season begins to wind down and you have more time to spare, we’d strongly encourage you to login to the BIP hive scale portal and annotate your scale data.

While many of the “BIP Ready” scales available to beekeepers today collect data well beyond hive weight, the weight of you colony is perhaps the most informative in understanding what is going on in the colony.  Technically, it is not the weight so much but the change in weight over time that provides us with a better understanding of the condition of the colony.  The weight of the colony is often impacted by factors that are external to the activities of the bees themselves.  For example, you the beekeeper, may add or remove equipment, harvest honey, or feed your bees.  These activities of course impact the weight of the colony.  The weather may also effect the weight of the colony.  For example, in a northern climate a major snow storm might result in a significant amount of snow accumulating on the hive’s cover, and subsequently melting over several days.

To help the Bee Informed Partnership better understand / interpret the scale data you send us, it is very important that you login to the portal and annotate these types of events that may impact the weight of your colony.  While its better to annotate your data regularly over time, even if you haven’t done this at all in the past, you should be able to tag the most important events for the entire beekeeping season within a few minutes or less.  Actually, all of the data (past seasons as well!) is available to you on the portal, so if you tweak the date range on your hive scale graph you can also retrieve and annotate previous seasons as well.

To encourage you to complete this important task soon, we’ve put together a short video tutorial (only 4.5 minutes!) which you’ll find embedded below.  Please watch the video and then help improve the quality of the scale data you send us by making sure you annotate our scale data as soon as possible.


Erika WainDecker Guest Speaker at the LA County Arboretum

Erika WainDecker


Erika WainDecker, a longtime member of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association, co-owner Klausesbees, and an experienced beekeeper, will be Guest Speaker at two events at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.

"As we already know, bees play a significant role in our lives, but the relationship between the beekeep and the ladies is one that is seldom explored." ~Erika WainDecker

The Geranium Society of Los Angeles

at The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 7:30pm - 9pm   FREE
(Bamboo Room - Lower Lecture Hall)
301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

TOPIC: Politics of BeeKeeping


The Los Angeles County Arboretum
SEPTEMBER 21, 2017  9:30am to 12noon
(Palm Room) 301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007
$140 for series - $25 per class.
Each class begins with open discussion which may or may not include – show and tell/ current events/ culture tips/ pest problems and introductions to new plants – all classes are eligible for ASSOCIATION PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE Designers Continuing Education units.
Read about it here:

TOPIC: Bees/ Symbiotic Relationship and the Politics of Beekeeping