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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, July 6, 2015. Open: 6:45P.M./Start: 7:00P.M.  All are welcome!

Beekeeping Class 101:
  Our next class is Sunday, July 19, 2015 (9am-Noon) at Bill's Bees Bee Yard. 
Class #6: Pest hunting, monitoring, treatment, hive management. You won't want to miss it! 

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It's a Mystery and Sherlock Holmes Needs Help

From CSBA Newsletter: The Sherlock impersonator from the CSBA 2014 Convention needs help:

Eva thought that I should contact you about the costume that I wore this past November when I did my Sherlock Holmes presentation for the California State Bee Keepers Association.  I've misplaced my coat and gloves that I wore for that performance and was wondering if anyone had found it.  I'm doing the staging again July 18 in Orange county and need to sort it all out.  Do contact me if anyone from your group may have come across it.  Thanks! 

Chuck Kovacic



UC Davis Newsletter: May/June 2015

Hello All, The UC Davis Newsletter: May/June 2015 is now available. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed writing it! Elina

Please note the new link for the on-line Newsletter is

The Newsletter archive can be found here

Elina L. Niño, Ph.D.
Assistant Specialist in CE - Apiculture
Department of Entomology and Nematology
University of California, Davis


Bee Venom Therapy - The Charlie Mraz Story

For those interested in the history of Apitherapy and the American Apitherapy Society, Inc., you might want to check out this video, "Physician Heal Thyself" - The Charlie Mraz Story.


2015 Vita International Honey Bee and Beekeeping Photo Competition 

The fourth annual Vita photo competition is now open for entries to anyone with an interest in beekeeping or honeybees.

Winners’ photographs will appear in the 2016 Vita (Europe) Ltd Calendar and they will each receive a copy of the limited edition calendar. There will also be a cash prize plus beekeeping products for the best as judged by an international panel of beekeeping journalists and suppliers.

All suitable entries will also be added to the Vita Gallery, a free online resource of more than 600 honeybee-related photos which is used by beekeeping lecturers and associations across the globe.

Entrants may submit up to four photos (preferably each about 1mb in size) relating to honeybees or beekeeping by emailing them to Photos can be on any relevant topic: from honeybee behaviour, to beekeeping practices, foraging honeybees and honeybee produce.

The outright winner of the competition will receive a €50 cash prize, plus Vita anti-Varroa products for 10 colonies. Runners-up will receive a special package of Vita products. There is also a special prize for the winner of the under-16s category.

The deadline for entries is 18 October 2015.


“I’m very pleased to say that each year our task gets more difficult as the entry numbers and quality increase. The photographs often give insights into the diversity of world beekeeping and last year we were particularly pleased to see many entries from the developing world where beekeeping can often make such a valuable economic impact.”

Terms and Conditions of the 2015 Vita Photo Competition

The competition is open to any individual. Up to four photos (about 1MB each in size) relating to honeybees or beekeeping may be submitted. Please include your name, postcode (or equivalent) and country in your email. You may also include captions for your photographs if you wish.

The deadline for entries to the competition is 18 October 2015.

Entrants must certify that the image/s they are submitting is their own work and that they own the copyright. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any images they submit have been taken with the permission of the subject and do not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws. In providing images for the competition, each entrant agrees that Vita can put it in the online Vita Gallery for others to use and in the Vita Calendar. Wherever used, Vita will credit the contributor.

Vita will enter your email address on its mailing list unless you specify otherwise. You can ask for your email address to be withdrawn from the mailing list at any time.

For the cash prize, bank transfer details will be required.

The judges’ decision will be final.

See also: Winner of 2014 Vita Photo Competition

Source: Vita (Europe) Ltd.



Pollinator Partnership: The Bee Smart School Garden Kit

The Bee Smart™ School Garden Kit supports educators in guiding students in grades 3 - 6 through a discovery process that will increase students’ understanding in science, math, and language arts by connecting them to plants, pollinators, food, and gardens by creating habitat for pollinators. Each Kit has components that can be used at school, at home, and online to maximize the learning experience. Although a diverse groups of schools are using this Kit, included is the California School Standards at the end of each Lesson Plan as a point of reference. There are also recommendations that help connect community resources to the outdoor classroom. Each Kit includes teacher incentives from our partner, Burt’s Bees, to reward teachers for helping students become more bee-conscious. Get yours at for a $150 donation!