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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: 



Varroa Mites - Bees' Archenemies - Have Genetic Holes in Their Armor

Michigan State University Environment + Science & Technology     August 14, 2017

Contact(s): Layne Cameron, Zachary Huang

National Honeybee Day is celebrated Aug. 19, but MSU scientists work year-round to protect these important pollinators. Varroa mites have decimated honeybee populations and are a primary cause of colony collapse disorder. Researchers have now found genetic holes in the seemingly indestructible pest's armor that could potentially reduce or eliminate the marauding invaders.

Varroa mites attached to honeybees. Photo by Zachary Huang

The team’s results, published in the current issue of the Journal of Insect Science, have identified four genes critical for survival and two that directly affect reproduction.

“The Varroa mite is the worst threat to honeybee health worldwide,” said Zachary Huang, MSU entomologist. “They have developed resistance to many pesticides, so it’s urgent that we explore and target these genes to develop better control methods.”

The mite sucks the blood of honeybees and transmits deadly viruses. Its lifecycle consists of two phases: one where they feed on adult bees, called the phoretic phase, and a reproductive phase that takes place within a sealed honeycomb cell, where the mites lay eggs on a developing bee larva.

Varroa mites' lifecycle consists of two phases: one where they feed on adult bees, called the phoretic phase, and a reproductive phase that takes place within a sealed honeycomb cell, where the mites lay eggs on a developing bee larva. Photo by Zachary HuangHaving the double-whammy of eating bees and spreading disease makes Varroa mites the number-one suspect of honeybee population declines worldwide.

Controlling pests like Varroa mites succeeds by either eliminating them or reducing their ability to reproduce. The team used RNA interference to identify the key genes, which could achieve these outcomes. They injected the mites with double-stranded RNA, or dsRNA.

Interfering reduces transcription of a specific gene, the first step of making a gene, a piece of DNA, into a protein. This process, also known as “gene knockdown,” has been successful in reducing the mating success and the number of eggs produced by cattle ticks, which threaten cows and other livestock around the world.

This bee is suffering from deformed wing virus, which is transmitted by Varroa mites. Photo by Zachary Huang

Using this approach, the team identified two genes that caused high mortality in Varroa mites – Da and Pros26S. In fact, Da killed more than 96 percent of mites. They also identified four genes – RpL8, RpL11, RpP0 and RpS13 – that control reproduction.

Earlier researchhas shown that a combination of dsRNAs can be fed to bees at the colony level. Varroa mites absorb the “genetic cocktail” via bee blood and their population was reduced. Future research will explore whether a single-gene approach can be scaled up and achieve the same effect at a colony-wide setting. Using a single gene with a known mechanism will be more cost effective and safe to the honeybees.

The results may have applications beyond honeybees, too.

“It’s worth noting that Da reduced reproduction in species of mosquitoes and Drosophila,” Huang said. “Future research could help not only protect honeybees, but also reduce disease-carrying mosquitoes or crop-damaging pests.”

Seemingly indestructible Varroa mites. Photo by Zachary Huang

Additional MSU researchers contributing to this study include Guowu Bian and Zhiyong Xi. Xianbing Xie, with Nanchang University (China), also was part of this paper.

This study was supported by the Almond Board of California, the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, the National Honey Board, MSU’s Project GREEEN, Michigan Beekeepers Association, National Natural Science Foundation of China, General Project of Jiangxi Provincial Department of Education and a fellowship from the China Scholarship Council.


LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 (Class #7) Saturday, August 12, 2017, 9am-noon

LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 (Class #7) Saturday, August 12, 2017, 9am-noon

(818) 280-6500

BRING A FOLDING CHAIR. Seating is limited.

For directions and day of class updates contact: The Valley Hive

Click here for more information about our
Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association
Beekeeping Class 101

TOPIC: How to make splits and robbing.

Note from The Valley Hive: Even though The Valley Hive has moved to a new location, LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 will continue at 9633 Baden Avenue from 9-12pm. Our new shop at 10538 Topanga Canyon Blvd will open at 8am on Saturday if anyone needs to purchase a suit or other beekeeping equipment. Suits are required. We will be working inside the hive, so if you have beekeeping tools – smoker, hive tool, bee brush – please bring them to class, along with smoker fuel and a lighter.

Calling all LACBA experienced beekeepers - The Valley Hive could use your help with bee class this year. Thank you!


LA COUNTY FAIR BEE BOOTH - 9/1/2017-9/24/2017 (Volunteer Sign Up)


Pomona Fairgrounds
(Across from the 'Big Red Barn')
1101 West McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768

Fair Opens Labor Day Weekend (Fri-Mon)
Fair Runs September 1-24, 2017 (Wed-Sun) 

From September 1 through September 24, 2017, volunteer members of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association and the Beekeepers Association of Southern California will be on hand at the LA County Fair Bee Booth  educating thousands of school children and the general public about honeybees and their importance in our lives. The LA County Fair is one of the largest county fairs in the country and the most-visited event in the Los Angeles region in September. It's an end-of-summer tradition for many.  


Bee Booth Sign Up: Sign up is available online through Evite.  Cyndi Caldera (our splendid Fair Coordinator) has sent out email inviations with the link to Sign Up Now. If you have not received your email invitation by 8/14/17, please contact Cyndi via email at: and give her your email so she can send you and Evite. If you do not have access to email, you can call Cyndi at 323-243-0756 and you can sign up with her directly. If you have any questions regarding sign up or the fair, please contact Cyndi via email or telephone.

Bee Booth Set Up - 8/26/17 9AM: Come help set up the Bee Booth on 8/26/2017 from 9AM until we're done (approx. mid-afternoon). Enter through Gate 1. Drive to the Bee Booth across from the Big Red Barn. On Bee Booth Set Up Day ONLY you can park near the Bee Booth. There's plenty to do and we have lots of fun!!!

Bee Booth: The fair runs from September 1st-24th (Wed thru Sun) except for Labor Day Weekend (Fri thru Mon). We have 3 shifts per day (no less than 4 volunteers per shift). Shifts available: All Labor Day Weekend and all Saturdays and Sundays: 9:30-1:00, 12:30-5:30, 5:00-10PM. On Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays: 8:30-12:30, 12:00-5:30, 5:00-10.

Bee Booth Take Down - 8/24/2017: We start taking down the Bee Booth in the evening. The more help we have, the quicker we're done. We need to be finished and off the fair grounds by 11PM.

Lot 9 (across the street from the fair): Walk across the street, enter through the gate, go under the tunnel, turn right. We're across from the Big Red Barn.
Lot 17: Go across the race track to the far side of the Big Red Barn.

Tickets: Tickets will be at WILL CALL at the McKinley Entrance. They will be under Bee Booth Exhibit under your name. Please allow approx. 15 min. to get your tickets.

Come help educate your community about bees! Mingle with fellow beekeepers! You'll learn more than you could ever imagine about bees by being a part of the LA County Fair Bee Booth. This is a great opportunity to share what you've learned in Beekeeping Class 101. We guarantee you won't be bored. And we could use your help!

We had a great time at last year's fair. See our 2016 Bee Booth Photo Album on Facebook.

Gather round our fabulous HONEY BEE OBSERVATION HIVE. See if you can FIND THE QUEEN! Let us spark your interest in honey bees, their amazing lifestyle and social structure, how they help feed the world, how they have survived for millions of years, and learn what you can do to help the bees.

Honeybees are responsible for nearly 1/3 of our entire diet in regards to the pollination services they provide for a large majority of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes.

On view is the beautiful honey bee photography by international photojournalist & bee photographer Kodua Galieti



Delicious pure, natural, 100% raw local honey direct from Los Angeles County beekeepers. 
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LACBA Meeting Monday, August 7, 2017

LACBA MEETING - Monday, August 7, 2017. (Meeting Starts: 7PM, Open Board Meeting 6:30PM). All are Welcome! Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 3561 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta, CA 91214 (In Shilling Hall)


1. Sign up sheet for the LA County Fair Bee Booth for people who can't do the online signups. Jeremy will enter slots for people with no computers skils. Y?N?
2. Award booth workers with a package of bees for ?5? slots worked.  2 for 10?.  This would cost ½ the amount per slot but we may  have 4 times more participation.
3. Getting fair signups.
4. Fair setup days August 26 & 27  Jon Reese is going to haul out stuff from The Valley Hive to the fair and some prep August 13 and or 19th.
Secretary's Report
Treasurer's Report
Old Business
New Business
New Topics


Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is the First Military Installation Nationwied to be Declared a “Bee City USA.”

Catch The Buzz    August 6, 2017

Raejean Smith, Five River Metro Parks volunteer, gives a Lantana plant to Staff Sgt. Cassandra Mena, United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine industrial hygiene laboratory technician, during the Pollinator Expo held at the Wright Brothers Memorial located outside Wright-Patterson Air Force Base June 21. Numerous local organizations were on site to highlight the work they do to protect pollinators and their habitats. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michelle Gigante)Hundreds of base personnel and members of the public were buzzing about the same thing at the Wright Brothers Memorial June 21 – Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s status as the first military installation nationwide to be declared a “Bee City USA.”

A first-ever Pollinator Expo was coordinated by personnel in the 88th Civil Engineer Group, Installation Management, Environmental Branch, Assets Section.

The event included about 30 booths devoted to live demonstration hives, beekeepers making demonstrations, conservancy districts, natural resources proponents, food trucks and such family-friendly activities as free face painting and children’s hands-on activities.

Bees, also known as pollinators, are vital to the pollination process of a third of the food people consume such as fruits, vegetables and nuts. Due to disease, lack of land to forage on and exposures to pesticides, during the last few decades there has been a significant decline in the bee population.

Wright-Patt has partnered with Propolis Projects, a local non-profit organization committed to re-establishing vigorous populations of pollinators in Ohio. One hundred acres of Huffman Prairie now hosts a quarter million bees – or nine colonies. In upcoming weeks two of the colonies will be moved to an isolated area on base so they can expand.

Rebecca Westlake, 88th Air Base Wing vice director, initiated the base’s move toward becoming a certified Bee City USA after attending the city of Vandalia’s ceremony several months ago and realizing how “pollinator conscious” the base already is. She kicked off the event by reading a resolution declaring the base’s new standing.

“We are thrilled to have the support of base leadership and such extensive local collaboration for this initiative, and ultimately our goal is to encourage other installations to take the same measures we are to protect pollinator species,” said Danielle Trevino, natural resources technician and event coordinator. “Many installations are already doing most of the work necessary to be designated, but the Bee City USA designation really aids in fostering awareness about the role pollinators play and the decline they are experiencing. Military bases can potentially play a large role in ensuring the vitality of pollinators.”

On hand to join in the celebration was Bee City USA founder and executive director Phyllis Stiles of Asheville, North Carolina. Her husband, Richard, started beekeeping several years ago and invited his wife to work with him. She became passionate about pollinators and founded the organization in 2012, and it has spread to 30-some states.

“What’s going on at this base and across the state is absolutely astonishing,” Stiles said. “People are taking steps to reverse pollinator decline in whatever way they can. … What’s happening at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is awe-inspiring. Thank you for what you are doing.”

Planting a variety of plants native to Ohio, like milkweed, letting at least parts of lawns and yards include clover and flowers and avoiding the use of insecticides, fungicides and herbicides are things everyone can do to help pollinators, she said.

Stiles said the expo and Wright-Patterson AFB’s new status were exciting because they are “a call to action – putting up our antennae and putting up with the little critters that keep our world lush and green. This will become an inspiration for bases all across the country, neighbors in Ohio, visitors who come here and the people who live on this base. When they start to notice all the things you are doing for the pollinators and hear this good news, they might think differently about how they landscape in the future.”

Ranger Ryan Qualls from the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park and the site manager for the Huffman Prairie Interpretive Center, said, “We’re one of very few national park sites that operate within a U.S. Air Force installation. This is an important outreach event to connect the public with what is a very large problem that we’re experiencing in the loss of bee habitat and the issue of colony collapse.”

The six-site park will host its own hive at the Wright Cycle Company and Visitors Center in downtown Dayton in several weeks. While the “Taj MaHive” will be situated away from the public, it will be able to be viewed via webcam online at Ranger Craig Campbell is managing the project in collaboration with the Propolis Projects and said he hopes to recruit citizen scientists to assist.

For additional information on Bee City USA and how to help, go online to