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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

At Pickwick Gardens
1001 Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91506
Monday, December 5, 2016 6PM-9PM


Next LACBA Meeting: Next LACBA meeting is Monday, January 2, 2017. Open: 6:45P.M./Start: 7:00P.M. 

Beekeeping Class 101:
  We have completed the 2016 Season of Beekeeping Class 101. Please check back in mid-January 2017 for information regarding further beekeeping classes. Thank you! 

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You're a Bee. This Is What It Feels Like

 The New York Times    By Joanna Klein   December 2, 2016

A honey bee gathering pollen on a white flower. Dagmar Sporck/EyeEm, via Getty ImagesSet your meetings, phone calls and emails aside, at least for the next several minutes. That’s because today you’re a bee.

It's time to leave your hive, or your underground burrow, and forage for pollen. Pollen is the stuff that flowers use to reproduce. But it’s also essential grub for you, other bees in your hive and your larvae. Once you’ve gathered pollen to take home, you or another bee will mix it with water and flower nectar that other bees have gathered and stored in the hive. But how do you decide which flowers to approach? What draws you in?

In a review published last week in the Journal Functional Ecology, researchers asked: What is a flower like from a bee’s perspective, and what does the pollinator experience as it gathers pollen? And that's why we're talking to you in the second person: to help you understand how bees like you, while hunting for pollen, use all of your senses — taste, touch, smell and more — to decide what to pick up and bring home.

Maybe you're ready to go find some pollen. But do you even know where to look?

Good question. How about an answer?
No, I’m an expert bee. Get me out of this hive.

Honey Bee Health Coalition Unveils Videos to Help Beekeepers Combat the Devastating Parasites

 ABJ Extra   December 1, 2016
Videos Complement Coalition’s Tools for Varroa Management Guide, Provides Step-By-Step Demonstrations of Utilizing an Integrated Pest Management Strategy of Monitoring, Treatment
[KEYSTONE, Colorado, Dec. 1, 2016] — The Honey Bee Health Coalition released a series of videostoday to help beekeepers promote colony health and combat costly and destructive Varroa mite (Varroa destructor) infestations. The videos can be found on the Coalition website at and provide detailed step-by-step instructions on how to monitor hives for varroa and when levels get too high, safely treat. The videos complement the Coalition’s wildly popular Tools for Varroa Management Guide.
“The Honey Bee Health Coalition’s Tools for Varroa Management Guide has provided beekeepers in the US and Canada with invaluable tools and techniques to confront destructive Varroa mite infestations,” said Mark Dykes, Apiary Inspectors of America. “These videos will show beekeeper real world application techniques that will help them correctly apply treatments.”

The videos provide helpful visual aids and step-by-step directions on how beekeepers can monitor and control Varroa mites through an Integrated Pest Management strategy. The videos cover a range of strategies and tools, including the uses of formic acid, essential oils, and other synthetic miticides.

“Healthy bees support our world’s food supply and farmers everywhere. A single untreated colony can transmit Varroa mites to other nearby hives and threaten honey bee health across large geographic regions,” said Danielle Downey, Project Apis m. “Beekeeping is becoming very popular, and often keeping the bees healthy is a mysterious learning curve. These important 'how to' videos bring the Coalition’s Tools for Varroa Management Guide to life — and will amplify its impact in the United States, Canada, and around the globe.”
The Coalition’s Tools for Varroa Management has given beekeepers the tools they need to measure Varroa mite infestations in their hives and select appropriate control methods. The guide, which has been downloaded more than 5,500 times since its release, has been updated 4 times with continued refinements and details.



Blessing the Bees

National Beekeeping Trust    Published October 27, 2015  

In the tradition of "Blessing the Bees" with music in the Autumn for their long Winter's sleep, I chose the ancient Celtic harp because of the Celtic connections and lore concerning bees. I chose my "Mary Beth" because it was written for my sister, Mary, who's nickname as a little girl by our beloved uncle Jerry was "Mary Bee". Jim Spalink


Propolis Against Cancer 

BEESINFO   November 30, 2016

A team of researchers from the Faculty of Higher Cuautitlán of the UNAM , analyze different elements of propolis that will generate benefits against cancer.

The Propolis is a substance made by bees to cover the walls of their hives, which serves to keep them protected from possible raids. It also has various medicinal powers, as it is known to contain vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Also, it is a natural, antitumor and antiviral antibiotic; while that improve healing, analgesic, among others.

The group of researchers led by academic Sandra Diaz Barriga , examines amines fenetílicas caffeic acid, which is a synthetic compound obtained from propolis, in order to serve as chemoprotective substances.

Research has shown that caffeic acid, has antitumor activity in animal models.

The researcher explained that working together with the Cinvestav Zacatenco, to evaluate these compounds as potential chemoprotective substances that can help prevent liver cancer.

Diaz Barriga , said that an important part of the research was to find that besides esters, antineoplastic CAPA also have biological activity, ie, prevents the development of malignant tumor cell.

“What some researchers observed was that these molecules had the distinction of being a little more stable in the Douro organisms (animal model or cell lines) as well as positive effects on tumor inhibition.”

Propolis.The Natural Antibiotic. Stay Healthy!


Sweet: Is Honey The Key To The Next Generation Of Antimicrobials?

Student Science     November 18, 2016

One teen's study finds Manuka honey can ward off infection and speed healing.As resistance to existing antibiotics — including so-called treatments of last resort — continues to rise, scientists are looking to other sources to develop next-generation antimicrobials. One of the most promising potential candidates is also one of the sweetest: honey.

But can it really work to ward off infection and speed healing? The results of a small study by 2015 Broadcom MASTERS second place winner Hannah Cevasco say yes, at least for Manuka honey, a honey found in Australia and New Zealand that is purported to have healing properties.

She used diluted solutions of Manuka honey on human dermal fibroblasts she cultured in a lab at Stanford University. (Dermal fibrobasts are cells in skin tissue. They migrate to the site of an injury because they generate the connective tissue that helps skin heal).

Hannah flooded her cell cultures with diluted solutions of Manuka honey at 0.5, 1, and 2 percent concentrations. She also used a culture dish with a 1 percent honey solution that she replaced multiple times, in order to mimic the way someone would change a wound dressing.

Results showed that Manuka honey at 1 percent concentration had a significant effect on cell migration, while the 0.5 percent and 2 percent concentrations had a minimal effect. 

Hannah, who hopes one day to be a pediatric oncologist, is interested in exploring other claims about the healing properties of Manuka honey — especially with regards to its abilities to fight cancer. She’ll be continuing her work with HeLa cervical cancer cells in a lab at Stanford University.

Meet Hannah Cevasco

Read more about Hannah's medical aspirations and her STEM summer camp experience.