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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:  Next LACBA meeting is Monday, November 7, 2016. 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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Meet the Honey Bee Charmer of Citrus Heights

ABC 10 News   John Bartell, KXTV   October 21, 2016

You've probably seen Norman's work in 'My Girl' and other films -- his talent has even been recognized by Guinness World Records (Oct. 20, 2016)

You've most likely heard of snake charmers, but probably not a honey bee charmer.

Taming bees has been the life's work of Citrus Heights man Norman Gary. You may have even seen some of his work in Hollywood films like "My Girl" and "Fried Green Tomatoes.”

He helped with bee scenes in over 100 films, commercials and TV shows. Before retirement, the 83-year-old often covered himself in bees while charming them with his clarinet.

"I have probably been stung over 7,500 times. It doesn't hurt anymore,” Gary said.

Gary started bee keeping in 1947. He eventually became a professor at UC Davis.

During the day he worked with insects. In his off-time he created a sideshow where he plays his clarinet to honey bees.

"I play in a couple of jazz bands. Music is what I mainly focus on now," he said.

Gary’s talents eventually got noticed by Guinness World Records for piling more than 87 pounds of bees on a human.

"I couldn't do it to myself, so I had this guy stand in for me, and they gave him the Guinness world record prize," he said, still holding onto that grudge.

He does, however, still hold the record for most bees fit in a human mouth at 109.

Gary retired from show business a few years ago. Now he just trains wild bees in his back yard for fun. "Some people like to watch birds; I like bees," he said.

Music is Gary's main focus now. You can see his band play Straw Hat pizza in Fair Oaks Nov. 16.

And yes, he plays bee-related music.

 Copyright 2016 KXTV


Recent Items of Interest to Beekeepers of LA County

LA County Agriculture Commissioner / Weights & Measures Dept., Bee Program / HazMat. Conrad Burton - Inspector III, October 21, 2016

This is a friendly HELLO to all LA County beekeepers.  There are a couple recent items of interest to the beekeeping community in the County of Los Angeles.  

1)  All beekeeping associations with members in the City of Los Angeles. Most of you know that the City of Los Angeles passed Ordinance 183920 in October of 2015, allowing for more beekeeping in specific residential areas of the city. I was informed that the City of Los Angeles enforces this ordinance through the Los Angeles City Department of Building and Safety (LADBS), Code Enforcement Bureau, and from my understanding fines are a minimum of about $360. If you have any questions you may email LADBS Assistant Chief- Frank Lara at  He has been very helpful.  

2) On October 20th, the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control (SGVMVC) district conducted a pesticide application in the City of Rosemead, to control Aedes albopictus (Asian Tiger mosquitoes). These mosquitoes pose a serious danger to public health as vectors of viral diseases including Zika, chikungunya, and dengue. The SGVMVC contacted the LA County Agriculture Commissioner / Weights & Measures Department (ACWM) in advance to inform us of the application because at least one of the products was "Toxic to Bees". The SGVMVC provided excellent information, maps of the treatment area, and pesticide labels (attached link). One registered apiary was found within the treatment zone and was successfully contacted regarding the application. It is expected that more mosquito applications will be conducted throughout Los Angeles County in the future if populations and breeding habitat increase. This is one of the reasons why it is important to make sure that all beekeepers register their apiary locations with LA County Agriculture. If you have any questions regarding the applications you may call the SGVMVC at (626)-337-5686 or look for updates on their web site at

  • Neighborhood Treatments Scheduled in San Gabriel Valley to Control Invasive Aedes Mosquitoes
  • I trust this is helpful to you all.  If you have any questions don't hesitate to call or email. 

  • Conrad Burton - Inspector III
    Bee Program/Haz Mat
    LA County Agriculture Commissioner / Weights & Measures Dept.
    12300 Lower Azusa Rd. 
    Arcadia, CA 91006
    (626) 459-8894 office

    (A FURTHER NOTE: I just spoke to Frank Lara, Building and Safety Head inspector and he said the following: "Any violation of the beekeeping ordinance (the pdf below) will require payment to cover the cost of sending an inspector out. It is not meant to be a punitive fine, but nevertheless, if you're not in compliance and people complain, you are liable for minimum $360 for an inspection." Frank Lara will be out of town until the 31st of October, after which he is available to answer questions. 

    Any questions about the zoning aspect of the document you can talk to the zoning engineer for Building and Safety: Ara Sargesyan - 213-482-6706.

    Here is the ordinance itself:


    Honey Bees Matter

    The Huffington Post   October 17, 2016

    Noah Wilson Rich, PhD founder of The Best Bees Company: "Honey bees are actually even more social than us humans. We need one another. ­čÉŁThank you to The Huffington Post for the coverage, and thank you to 23pt5 with Sam Champion for the opportunity to discuss bee health. Everyone can help by increasing pollinator habitat (plant flowers) or improving bee populations (get beehives)."


    CSBA News Update: October 17, 2016

    California State Beekeepers Association   From Joy Pendell, CSBA Media Director   October 17, 2016

    CSBA News Update for your reading enjoyment. Happy reading! 

    Disclaimer: Inclusion of items in this email does not imply CSBA endorsement unless such endorsement is specifically stated.

    Should Read

    Hive Theft Alert – See pictures

    The theft season has begun early this year! Olivarez Honey Bees discovered 8 beehives missing on 10/12/16 from a bee yard west of Corning, CA. The hives were on bottom boards, which were loose on pallets. The hives, bottom boards and pallets were all taken. Because the hives were loose on pallets, it is possible (and even likely) that everything was moved by hand. The hives are 8-frame double deeps, white, and branded 42-51. 


    Olivarez Honey Bees also suffered the theft of queen banks in April of this year. At least 150 queens were taken. There was a report of someone trying to sell OHB queens for cash outside of the Mann Lake bee supply store in Woodland, CA shortly thereafter.

    Ray Olivarez is personally offering a $2500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons responsible for either the theft of the hives or the theft of the queen banks. This is in addition to the up to $10,000 reward the CSBA offers. Please contact the CSBA at to report any information.

    Nice to Read

    WAS – News From The World Of Beekeeping 

    WAS – News From the World Of Beekeeping 

    Catch The Buzz – Almond Industry Slams Land Use Study For Inaccuracies  

    Capital Press - Researchers Test Almonds In Idaho  

    Catch The Buzz – Healthy Snack Market Growing During ‘War On Sugar’  

    ABF - 2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow Agenda

    Beekeeping Survey

    A group of Slovenian Students is seeking information to assist in their research. Please participate!

     New York Times – Bee-2-B

    Catch The Buzz – White House Kitchen Garden Will Continue With Funding Provided By Burpee Seed Co. To National Park Foundation

    Scientific American - A Plan to Defend against the War on Science  

    UC Davis – World Of Honey Tasting Series

    UC Davis – Honey and Pollination Center October Newsletter

       YouTube – Morning Bees



    LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 - Class #8 - Sunday, October 16, 2016 

    Class #8 of the 2016 Season of LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 is Sunday, October 16, 2016, 9AM-Noon at Bill's Bees Bee Yard. Topics covered will be: Keeping your bees alive through the dearth. BEE SUITS REQUIRED. Look forward to seeing you at BEE CLASS! All are Welcome! All you need to know about the class is listed below.

    For all who have NOT been attending our Beekeeping Class 101 and have inquired about coming to the October 16, 2016 class and DO NOT HAVE A BEE SUIT, here's a note from the Beekeeper: "I do not think this is the best class for someone new to start with. I would tell these people to plan to attend in 2017 if we offer a new series of classes starting in Feb. If they can't wait, they can probably buy suits from The Valley Hive. BEE SUITS ARE REQUIRED!!!