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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, January 5, 2015. Open: 6:45P.M./Start: 7:00P.M.  All are welcome!
There will not be a meeting in December. We will be celebrating the holidays with our Annual Holiday Dinner on Monday, December 1, at Pickwick Gardens in Burbank, CA. See the Events page for details. 

Beekeeping Class 101:  Our 2014 Beekeeping Class 101 has ended for the season. Check back in January of next year for information on the 2015 Beekeeping Class 101. 

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Happy Thanksgiving!




Shop Local Farmers Markets for Your Thanksgiving Dinner!

When getting ready for Thanksgiving this year remember to stop by our local Los Angeles County Farmers Markets and purchase local raw honey. Give thanks to the beekeepers who helped provide the pollinators for your Thanksgiving dinner. LACBA member beekeepers: On Wednesday (11/26) Bills Bees will be at the Camarillo Community Center Park, (1605 E. Burnley St., Corner Carmen & Burnley) 3a-7p and at the Northridge (Northridge Fashion Mall, Parking Lot/NE corner 9301 Tampa Ave) 5-9p; Klausbees will be at Altadena (600 W. Palm St.) 3-7pm. Buzz by, say Hi! Ask for some Cooking With Honey recipes!!! 

Local honey, beeswax candles and other products produced by the honeybee are sold direct by LACBA members at local Los Angeles County Farmers Markets, restaurants, and gourmet food shops. Our beekeepers provide the best bee products available; unprocessed raw US Grade "A" local honey, bee pollen, honey stix, handmade beeswax candles, soaps, lotions, lip balms. They are happy to share with you their knowledge of honey bee products, bees, beekeeping, and the state of bees today. And, they may even share with you some of their adventures in beekeeping.

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LACBA: Holiday Banquet (Monday, December 1, 2014)

The Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Holiday Banquet

WHERE: Pickwick Gardens
1001 Riverside Dr.
Burbank, CA 91506

WHEN: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

WHO IS SPEAKING: Bee-friendly, drought friendly gardening, Theodore Payne Foundation

HOW MUCH: Members who volunteered at the LA County Fair and their families get in for free. All others are $10/person. 

Anyone who renews their membership at the event gets 5 free raffle tickets. (So does anyone who renewed in November or volunteered at the fair.) Additional raffle tickets will be $1.


Our wonderful dinner will be provided by Outback Catering (LACBA Member, Doug Noland). 


 Please bring either an appetizer or dessert to share (6-8 servings is plenty)
Last Names N-Z Appetizers
Last Name A-M Desserts

Also, please bring anything you would like to contribute to the raffle.

Lastly, be sure to bring your smiles - we'll be taking photos for the 2015 directory!

Please RSVP at the Evite page 


More Problems for Bees; We've Wiped Out Their Favorite Plants   By Diana Gitig   November 25, 2014 

Pollen samples from old museum specimens indicate bees' favorite meals are gone.

That orange blob on the bees legs is all pollen, saved for a future meal. (Credit: CA Dept of Food & Ag)Bees are disappearing—that much is certain. What's unclear is why. Pathogens and pesticides have been posited as potential causes, as has the loss of bees' preferred floral resources. This last reason has intuitive appeal: wildflowers are disappearing because of agriculture, and bees rely on the pollen and nectar in flowers, so the loss of flowers should be causing the loss of bees.

But a demonstration of this seemingly simple idea has been hard to come by. Different species of bees rely on different plants—the bee species that are disappearing have never been analyzed in terms of taste for the plants that are disappearing to see if they match up. And, once the bees or plants are gone...



Bee Losses. Pesticides or Habitat Loss? EPA Uncertain

CATCH THE BUZZ    By Kim Flottum  November 26, 2014

By Paul Bedard, in Washington Secrets.

Over 100 scientists worldwide, citing 800 studies, are demanding that the Obama administration follow Europe’s lead and put a moratorium on the use of a new-style pesticide blamed for the deaths of 30 percent of American honeybees every year.

In a letter to the EPA and Agriculture Department, the scientists said there is overwhelming evidence from 800 studies that the pesticide family called neonicotinoids are to blame for the substantial declines in honeybees, bumblebees and butterflies, all pollinators needed to help farmers produce billions of dollars worth of food every year.

“The 108 signers of this letter therefore urge you to take immediate action to protect bees and other pollinators, particularly from pesticides known to be harmful,” said the letter provided to Secrets.

Despite actions by the European Union and some U.S. cities and states to limit use of the “neonics,” the administration is taking a go-slow approach.

“We share concerns about the decrease in the honey bee population, without question,” EPA Director Gina McCarthy told Secrets during a recent media roundtable sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.

She seemed to blame the decade-long die-off of bees on development. “There are a number of factors that need to be considered, a lot of it could be attributable to habitat loss, and much of it might be,” she said.

McCarthy added that the EPA, under President Obama’s direction, is looking into the issue and holding listening sessions around the nation, but is not ready to act until the agency has thoroughly studied the science of the pesticides.

“There is no resolution off the table,” she said. But, she added, the agency won’t be “quick to judge.”

The scientists, from schools such as Harvard University and University of California, and as far away as Germany, however, said the issue has already been studied. They cited a June 2014 worldwide review of 800 studies by 29 independent researches that blamed the bee kills onneonics, which are typically treated on seeds and can stay in the ground for years.

They are blamed for disrupting the homing ability of bees heading back to the hive, a key issue on Colony Collapse Disorder.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at

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