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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 11, 2016. Open: 6:45P.M./Start: 7:00P.M.  All are welcome! 

Beekeeping Class 101:
  Next class, Sunday, June 19, at Bill's Bees Bee Yard 9AM-Noon. Topic: Lessons in Pest Management. BEE SUITS REQUIRED. All are Welcome! 

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EPA, Protect Bees From Pesticides

Pesticide Action Network      TAKE ACTION

After many years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finally taking a closer look at how neonicotinoid pesticides impact bees and other pollinators.  In the first of four assessments the agency has promised this year, it was clear they are still missing the forest for the trees. 

EPA’s initial findings on Bayer’s imidacloprid skipped over both the impacts of pesticide exposures over time, and the effects of multiple pesticides in combination. 

They also ignored the critical issue of neonic seed coatings, the most widespread use of these bee-harming pesticides. As we know from many studies, seed coatings are a primary source of exposure for bees and other pollinators. 

Join us in keeping the pressure on EPA to address these issues — and take meaningful action to protect bees from harmful pesticides.




Picnic With The Bees

Today, June 23, 2016:

Picnic With The Bees

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thu, Jun 23, 2016
Grant Park, Los Angeles 
(Across from City Hall) 

There are over 30 media events across the country. Today there's a brief press conference inviting media and beekepers to make statements regarding pesticides affecting them. What we are seeing and what we are experiencing. Each speaker given a statement. No podium.  1-4 minutes.  The main goal is to get the EPA and test and ban pesticides that kill bees. (Environment California)

(NOTE: We just received this info and this is all the info we have on this event. Thank you!) 



50,000 Bees On The Walls

 Video: Matt Willey talks about his Good of the Hive Initiative to paint 50,000 honeybees (in about 100 murals) around the world. He's painting 3 this summer in Durham, Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Mark Schultz

It was “Fun Dayz” with a “z” at Estes Hills Elementary School, and out on the blacktop kids were tossing bean bags, a teacher was getting dunked, and a man in a straw cowboy hat was painting giant honeybees on a brick wall.

“It’s not going to look like a ‘kid’s mural,’” the painter, Matthew Willey, said. “I’m never going to downgrade for an elementary school.”

The 20 foot by 100 foot mural on the exterior of the school gym is the latest in a series being painted by Willey, 46, a New York City transplant who has embarked on a one-of-a-kind, bee-themed, mural marathon here in the Triangle. Willey’s goal is to paint a total of 50,000 honeybees in a series of murals in public spaces across the U.S. and the world.

Why 50,000? According to his website,, the number represents the population of honeybees in a healthy hive.

Estes Hills’ two-foot-long bees command attention, which is Willey’s intention, ever since he first read about declining pollenating bee populations in the United States.

“I can make them big enough so people can see them more clearly,” Willey said.

Willey was put in touch with the elementary school after contacting the town of Carrboro about hosting a mural there.

“Every job has a ‘champion,’” Wiley said. “I need someone on the ground to deal with logistics.”

At Estes Hills, Willey’s champion has been Dan Schnitzer, 36, whose work for the school district promotes resource conservation and environmental awareness. Schnitzer and Willey agreed the Estes Hills mural should serve as a visual-arts version of “reading up.”

“If Matt had approached me to paint cartoon bees, I would have said, no,” Schnitzer said.

The bee mural is a natural fit for Estes Hills, which for two years has had a pollinator garden planted and tended by teachers and students. In the cafeteria, students recycle food wrappers and serving containers. Food waste is placed in its own container for composting.

Integrating activities like gardening and recycling into the elementary school experience can build what Schnitzer calls a “wave of massive change,” as these students bring these habits with them into adolescence and adulthood.

Willey’s bee mural seems to reflect a similar logic, depicting a dense cluster of honeybees in the shape of a cresting wave.

Estes Hills fourth grader Gavin Southwell says Willey told his class he would be designing much of the mural on the spot.

“He said all of his murals were going to be different,” Southwell said. “He chose a wave because the motion is, ‘moving forward for the good of the hive.’”

Southwell’s classmate Iliana Morgan says the bee mural is the first mural she has ever seen as it is being painted.

And why is Willey painting the bees so large?

“It brings more attention to them,” Morgan said.

“Bee noticed,” classmate Redding Grimes added.

‘Bigger pond’ 

The son of an entrepreneurial father and a mother who worked as an interior decorator, Willey said he hasn’t had a boss since he waited tables in college.

He began painting professionally in the 1990s, after moving to Washington, D.C., and blanketing his neighborhood with fliers offering his services. He then made the leap to the “bigger pond” of New York City to challenge himself.

“I’m more designed to work with people than to work for them,” he said.

A dying bee six years ago on the floor of his Manhattan studio fired both his curiosity and concern. He decided to draw attention – literally – to the honeybee’s place in the world by painting a few small bee murals for his interior design clients. That led to his current quest to paint 50,000 bees.

“When people talk or write about bees,” Willey said, “it stays in your head, but painting goes to your heart.”

In addition to Estes Hills, Willey is painting bee murals this summer on the Burt’s Bees headquarters in Durham’s American Tobacco Campus and on Carrboro’s Fire Station No. 1. Willey expects future murals will take him to British Columbia, Nepal and Australia. He figures it will take a total of 50 murals to paint the 50,000 painted bees. He has no timeline.

“It keeps popping into my head that the opus of this entire mission will end up in a very humble place,” he said.

For now, Willey’s workplace has been a brick wall on a school playground in North Carolina, where the June sun has his back all morning, then leaves him in shadow in the afternoons. Willey often paints until nightfall.

“You have to follow the momentum,” Willey said.

He paused, his voice dropping a bit, confiding.

“I’ll have to be dead to not be painting that fifty-thousandth bee,” Willey said.


CSBA Annual Convention: Register Now! 

November 15 - 17, 2016

Come join us for the 2016 annual CSBA convention in beautiful San Diego, California! Learn about the latest research, trade ideas with fellow beekeepers, and explore innovative products at the Tradeshow. Come early and stay late to take in all that San Diego and the luxurious Kona Kai Resort & Spa has to offer. There are plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Special Convention rates will be available.

Online registration is finally up and running! The entire convention is only $150 for all 3 days with advance registration. Don't forget to become an official member of the CSBA while you're at it. Follow the link below!

Follow us on the CSBA Facebook page for more information on events, speakers, and real time changes during the convention. Remember to 'LIKE' us.


Bees Help Shape Experience Inside The Hive

gizmag AGRICULTURE   By John Anderson   June 18, 2016

The Hive at Kew Gardens in London is a new installation inspired by recent research on bee communication (Credit: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) View gallery (7 images)The Hive, an installation from sculptor Wolfgang Buttress that is made from 170,000 pieces of aluminum formed into a 17-m (56 ft) tall lattice resembling an enormous swarm of bees, is coming to London's Kew Gardens. The metal's hexagonal shapes are also honeycomb-like, with the light-, sound- and vibration-emitting structure controlled by the activity of bees in an actual beehive on the garden's grounds.

Originally created as the centerpiece of the UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo, The Hive was inspired by scientific research into the health of honeybees and their vital role as pollinators.

Visitors walk through a one-acre (0.4-ha) wildflower meadow – presumably filled with pollen-gathering bees – leading up to the art piece. Once inside the structure, the intensity of the lights and the beehive-type sounds change with the energy levels in the real beehive, giving a sense of what life might be like inside an actual hive.

The piece works through vibration-sensing accelerometers that are placed inside the beehive, which pick up the activity from the bees and send it to The Hive in real-time. Those signals are then translated to the 1,000 LED lights, growing brighter or dimmer in response to the bee's activity. In addition, a soundscape from a 40,000-bee colony, a musical ensemble and human voices created by the band Spiritualized, accompany the modulating lights.

For the vibratory experience, bone conductors installed under The Hive convert sound into vibrations. If a visitor bites on a wooden stick connected to the conductor, one of four types of vibrations travel directly to bones in their skull. They can "hear" tooting and quacking signals the virgin queen bee emits when challenging other queens for hive leader. Begging signals come from bees requesting food from another bee, and the familiar waggle dance signals the exact whereabouts of pollen sources.

This is said to represent communication between bees, which are believed to "talk" through vibrations, as was recently discovered by physicist Martin Bencsik at Nottingham Trent University. Buttress, who is also from Nottingham, was inspired by the research in his design of The Hive, which will be on display at Kew Gardens through 2017.

Source: Kew Gardens

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