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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, October 2, 2017. Meeting: 7PM. Open Board Meeting: 6:30PM. (NOTE: There will not be an LACBA Meeting in September. We'll be sharing our beekeeping experience and knowledge at the LA County Fair Bee Booth. Buzz By, Say Hi!)

LACBA Beekeeping Class 101:
 Class #7, Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9AM-Noon, hosted at The Valley Hive. See our Beekeeping Class 101 page for details & directions. BEE SUITS REQUIRED. There will not be a class in September. We'll be at the LA County Fair Bee Booth.

Check out our Facebook page for lots of info and updates on bees; and please remember to LIKE US: 



Study Finds Parallels Between Unresponsive Honey Bees, Human Autism

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign     July 31, 2017

Socially unresponsive bees share something fundamental with autistic humans, new research finds. Credit: Graphic by Julie McMahonCHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Honey bees that consistently fail to respond to obvious social cues share something fundamental with autistic humans, researchers report in a new study. Genes most closely associated with autism spectrum disorders in humans are regulated differently in unresponsive honey bees than in their more responsive nest mates, the study found.

The findings, reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, appear to be unique to genes associated with autism and not to other behavioral disorders in humans.

The study is a first glimpse of the molecular heritage shared across the animal kingdom, the researchers say, and offers tantalizing clues about the evolution of social behavior.

“Some honey bees are more active than others, and some appear indifferent to intruders that threaten the hive. This, in itself, is not unusual,” said University of Illinois entomology professor Gene Robinson, who led the new analysis. “Honey bees take on different roles at different stages of their lifecycle, and not every bee can – or should – function as a guard.”

But when postdoctoral researcher Hagai Shpigler observed that some of those same bees also were unmoved by the presence of queen larvae – a stimulus that typically spurs diligent action in nurse bees – it suggested something unusual was going on, said Robinson, who directs the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the U. of I.

“For any given task, most honey bees fall somewhere in the highly engaged to moderately engaged camp,” Robinson said. “Typically, honey bees will respond more robustly to one stimulus than to another.”

But a small subset of bees tested by Robinson and his colleagues were either always on – energetically responding both to intruders and to queen larvae – or always off, he said.

The unresponsive bees’ lack of social awareness might be seen as similar to the social difficulties faced by some people with autism, Robinson said. But comparing behavior is not enough, he said. Analyzing the genes that drive behavior and how those genes are regulated is key to understanding whether the two phenomena are related.

To get at this question, the team analyzed 246 groups of bees from seven genetically distinct honey bee colonies, carefully testing each bee in various social contexts, then analyzing levels of gene expression in their brains. They found that more than 1,000 genes were regulated differently between unresponsive bees, nurse bees and guards.

The researchers next turned to a list of genes and gene expression profiles associated with autism in humans. Their goal was to determine whether a significant proportion of the autism-related genes also played a role in the unresponsive bees.

“We figured out a way to make an unbiased statistical test that will tell us whether a human gene list and a honey bee gene list overlap more or less than expected by chance,” said Michael Saul, a postdoctoral researcher who led the statistical analysis with statistics professor Sihai D. Zhao.

That test revealed significant overlap between the unresponsive honey bees’ gene expression profile and genes closely associated with autism in humans. Further analyses found no significant overlap with human genes associated with depression, schizophrenia or several other mental disorders, or with other bee gene lists.

“Our data are telling us that social unresponsiveness does have some common molecular characteristics in these distantly related species,” Robinson said.

“It’s important to point out some caveats,” he said. “Humans are not big bees and bees are not little humans. The social responsiveness depends on context, and is different in the two cases. Autism spectrum disorder is very complex, and unresponsiveness is not the only behavior associated with it.”

While social behavior likely evolved independently in honey bees and humans, Robinson said, “our data reveal that they make use of common toolkits, common building blocks.”

“What really excites me about this study is that there appears to be this kernel of similarity between us and honey bees, a common animal inheritance that potentially drives social behavior in similar ways,” Saul said. “We haven’t proved this, but this work is telling us where to look for that in the future.”

More information: Hagai Y. Shpigler el al., "Deep evolutionary conservation of autism-related genes," PNAS (2017). 

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AB 861 (Dahle) Africanized Honey Bees

California Legislative Information   July 31, 2017

Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed numerous bills into law, one of those being AB 861 (Dahle) Africanized Honey Bees. 

This bill would provide that a city, county, or city and county may, by ordinance, establish procedures for the abatement of a hive or comparable apparatus where Africanized or overly defensive honey bees are present. 

The California State Beekeepers Association thanks Assemblymember Dahle for all his work on our behalf. Please do you part in thanking the Assemblymember by calling, writing or sharing your "thanks" via social media.

Assembly Bill No. 861

An act to amend Section 29321 of, and to add Section 29322 to, the Food and Agricultural Code, relating to bees.

[ Approved by Governor  July 31, 2017. Filed with Secretary of State  July 31, 2017. ]


AB 861, Dahle. Africanized honey bees.

The Apiary Protection Act specifies that any hive or comparable apparatus that is not occupied by a live bee colony and that is accessible to bees is a public nuisance and is subject to abatement in a specified manner.

This bill would provide that a city, county, or city and county may, by ordinance, establish procedures for the abatement of a hive or comparable apparatus where Africanized or overly defensive honey bees are present. The bill would provide that, in the absence of a local ordinance, if a county agricultural commissioner determines that the presence of Africanized or overly defensive honey bees in a hive is a public nuisance, the county agricultural commissioner may take any action necessary to abate the public nuisance, as specified. The bill would also delete a provision specifying that if a county agricultural commissioner determines that any bees present in an abandoned hive or comparable apparatus are not aggressive and harbor no diseases, the abandoned hive or comparable apparatus shall not be deemed a public nuisance. To the extent the bill would impose additional duties on county agricultural commissioners, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

Vote: majority   Appropriation: no   Fiscal Committee: yes   Local Program: yes  


Section 29321 of the Food and Agricultural Code is amended to read:


Any hive or comparable apparatus that is not occupied by a live bee colony, and that is accessible to bees, is a public nuisance. The hive or apparatus shall be subject to abatement in the manner provided for in Article 14 (commencing with Section 29200).

SEC. 2.

Section 29322 is added to the Food and Agricultural Code, to read:


 (a) The governing board of a city, county, or city and county may, by ordinance, establish procedures for the abatement of a hive or comparable apparatus where Africanized or overly defensive honey bees are present.

(b) In the absence of a local ordinance adopted pursuant to subdivision (a), if a commissioner determines that the presence of Africanized or overly defensive honey bees in a hive is a public nuisance or if Africanized or overly defensive honey bees from a hive are entering land other than the land upon which the hive is located so as to endanger the public health, safety, or welfare or so as to create an unreasonable interference with the use of the property of others, the commissioner may take any action necessary to abate the public nuisance, including, but not limited to, moving, selling, destroying, or otherwise disposing of the infested hive in accordance with local administrative procedures.

SEC. 3.

If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.


LACBA Newsie Bits 7/28/17

Next Meeting is Monday, August 7, 2017**

Open Board Meeting: 6:30pm

General Meeting: 7:00pm 

Location: Mount Olive Lutheran Church (Shilling Hall)
                 3561 Foothill Boulevard
                 La Crescenta, CA 91214

**The meetings of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association (LACBA) are open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

Thank you for your continued support of the LACBA. You can expect to find the following information in this month's newsletter:


Beekeeping with Children

Agenda Item: 'Hive' Alerts

Colonies for Rescue

Urban Beekeeping Interview Request

Demonstration Requests

Save the Dates

Annual Honey & Recipe Contest 

1. Beekeeping with Children
LACBA Member Bernard Rene is looking to buy/rent/borrow a bee suit for a 6 year old, if that exists. . . Any ideas?

Please email: with information. Thank you!

2. Agenda Item: 'Hive' Alerts
Sandra Helperin found a "large, thriving hive on a public walking path in West LA." She wrote the club, saying "It seems to me it could pose a hazard, but I want the bees to be safe. Who could move it?" Please email to discuss with her.

This may be the same colony described in this alert, which was sent a week or so prior:
"Please send me information of a beekeeper to remove a bee hive from the Brentwood Farmers Market. It is on the sidewalk by the Brentwood elementary school in between Montana and San Vicente. Please

There was another alert about a "happy" hive at a historic Hollywood estate:
"We have this very happy hive that moved into a wall on our property about 6 months ago.... recently it has grown exponentially. We had to drain our fountain because it seems like hundreds of bees would go there to drink everyday. It would scare our clients.
We hate to disturb the bees because they are obviously thriving, but we have to get them moved to a place where they won't scare away customers.
Can you help us? Or recommend an urban beekeeper that may want to remove this hive and take it to a more suitable location? 
Thank-you, Steve" 

If you are interested in responding to these requests, please do so. Also, at the next board meeting we will be discussing a mailing list/automatic response as an option for handling similar requests in the future. We can also discuss how to handle swarms and mentorship requests, if there is interest. Please join us at 6:30pm on August 7th at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church if you would like to participate in one or more of these discussions.

 3. Colonies for Rescue
There is a significant traffic to the website with inquiries such as this one:

"Bees love my maple tree. I have had at least 4 hives that I know if in the 20+ years I've lived here. We live very happy together. Unfortunately, the drought took its toll on the maple tree an it has died (I'm very sad). Before I have it removed I will need to have the hive removed. I live in Temple City (near Arcadia/Pasadena). I would rather have them removed rather than killed if possible. Please email or call Dawn Tarin: or 626-688-8009"


"Hello I am a firefighter with the City of Los Angeles, Assigned to Fire Station 37 in the Westwood Area 1090 Veteran Ave cross of Wilshire Blvd.We have a large honey bee issue inside our handball court at our fire station in two areas. In the Southwest corner, inside the structure, there is a large ball of bees larger then a basketball, which we can now see honey comb. These bees are entering through a silver dollar size hole below the roofline. We have an observation deck which sits above the handball court where the bees can be seen between the rafters about 8 ft from the upper deck. There is a fixed ladder which we use to gain access to the upper deck.
The other bee location is on the Northwest corner of the same handball court. These bees are entering through a baseball size hole in the exterior wall about 50 ft from the other location. This hole sits about 10 ft up the wall, where the bees are entering the wall. We do not see any activity on the opposite side of the wall, which leads us to believe the bees are living inside the wall.
We could contact our city services to have the bees removed, but their method in removal will most likely be the extermination of the bees. The bees have been in place for approximately two weeks without incident.
Please contact us on this matter. You can contact me directly or contact the on Duty Captain at the Fire Station. We would like to have the bees removed ASAP. Thank you for your time.
Brett Porter Los Angeles City Fire Department Fire Station 37 1090 Veteran Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024 (310) 575-8537 C: (805) 506-1386

If you are interested in responding to these requests, please do so. Also, at the next board meeting we will be discussing a mailing list/automatic response as an option for handling similar requests in the future. We can also discuss how to handle hives and mentorship requests, if there is interest. Please join us at 6:30pm on August 7th at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church if you would like to participate in one or more of these discussions.

4. Urban Beekeeping Interview Request
Vincent Zhang, a Product Design student at ArtCenter College of Design is wondering if he could get in touch with a beekeeper near Pasadena or within Greater LA. He is currently doing a project on Urban Beekeeping and would like to interview someone to learn more about it from a beekeeper's perspective. Please email:

5. Demonstration Requests
A synagogue located in Santa Monica and is looking for someone to do a demonstration at their open house. The presenters are welcome to sell any products that they may have. The date is August 27 from 2-5pm. Please contact Cindy Roth at or 917 923-7532.

The Calabasas Garden Group is interested in learning about bees and how they can help bring them back to our gardens to do their good work. They are wondering if someone would be willing to come to one of their monthly meetings to educate them about bees either on September (14th) or October (12th). If that doesn't work, they meet on the second Thursday of each month, except in July and August. They are behind the Calabasas Commons (shopping area) and close to Woodland Hills in the San Fernando Valley. Please contact Maxine Straus at or (818) 222-7830 

Furthermore, if you are interested in leading or participating on an Education Committee, please join us before the 6:30 Board Meeting on August 7th at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church for an informal discussion of how the club can help and support you. Please arrive early to inform our President, Jeremy, that you'd like to be added to the agenda. If there's something special that you have in mind, please discuss your ideas with Jeremy at that time.

 6. Save the Dates
In addition to being honey contest season, every year our club has some major educational events for you to get involved with. Regardless of how much experience and education you hold; when you volunteer, you have an opportunity to both learn more about bees while also teaching others. Contact information is included in conjunction with the dates below so you can sign up and/or help out! 

July 31, 2017 - Deadline for Good Foods Awards Competition
Click the link to connect to Kathy Keatley Garvey's blog for more details.

August 27, 2017 – National Honey Bee Day is so special, there are 2 events on the same day: Setup for the LA County Fair at the Pomona Fairgrounds (RSVP to Cindy Caldera) + The Annual Honey & Recipe Contest at The Valley Hive Shop on Topanga Canyon Blvd. (more details below)

September 1-24, 2017 – Los Angeles County Fair, Pomona Fairgrounds – Please email Cindy Caldera to sign up for a shift or two. Many hands makes the work light!

November 14-16, 2017 – CSBA Convention, Lake Tahoe

7. Honey & Recipe Contest
Participating in the contest is simple, and anyone can enter. If you would like to enter your backyard honey, bring two 8oz jars -- one labeled, one unlabeled -- to the shop at 10538 Topanga Canyon Blvd in Chatsworth before August 27th. No honey to share, but you'd like to be involved? Cook or bake a honey dish and bring it in by 11am on the day of the event.

Special guests are invited to judge the event. After the winners are chosen, the honey and dishes will be available to taste. The extra honey will be raffled off and the proceeds will go to a bee charity chosen by The Valley Hive. An RSVP from you will help with planning the event. You can RSVP on the Facebook page ( or send an email at You can also call 818-280-6500. The Hive is looking forward to hearing from you, but even if they don't, they wanted you to know that you are still invited to come.

~Looking forward to sharing the buzz with you at the next gathering or in the Apiary!

Protect Pollinators Stamps to be Celebrated Next Week

American Philatelic Society   U.S. Stamp News    July 27, 2017

The United States Postal Service will issue the Protect Pollinators commemorative forever stamps August 3 in Richmond, Virginia. The ceremony for the stamps will take place at noon during the American Philatelic Society’s StampShow. Here are the participants for the ceremony:

• U.S. Postal Service Judicial Officer Gary Shaprio
• U.S. Postal Service Stamp Services Director Mary-Anne Penner
• American Philatelic Society President Mick Zais
• The Pollinator Partnership President & CEO Val Dolcini.

The five stamps, to debut nationwide the same day, will be sold in a pane of 20 format with decorative selvage. Nearby is a preliminary image of the pane layout.

Here are some additional details about the stamp issue from the U.S. Postal Service:

Protect Pollinators
This stamp pays tribute to the beauty and importance of pollinators with stamps depicting two of our continent’s most iconic, the monarch butterfly and the western honeybee, each shown industriously pollinating a variety of plants native to North America. These particular species exemplify the ecological service provided by all pollinators, which include other insects, birds, and bats. Crop pollination by insects contributes approximately $15 billion of produce to the U.S. economy each year. Trending declines in their populations alert us that pollinators are helped by planting pollinator gardens with native flowers or heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables. Art director Derry Noyes designed this stamp pane with existing photographs.


Get Ready for the Mite-A-Thon

Varroa mites are one of the greatest threats to honey bee health, honey production, and pollination services. The Honey Bee Health Coalition has been proud to equip beekeepers with the information, tools, and resources they need to detect, monitor, and manage these destructive mites.

We are proud now to share information about the first ever Mite-A-Thon, supported by the Pollinator Partnership and the many partners listed below.

Read on or click HERE for more information about this exciting event

The first annual Mite-A-Thon will take place Saturday, September 9, to Saturday, September 16, and we invite you to participate!

Local beekeeping clubs and associations are key to making Mite-A-Thon a success!

The Mite-A-Thon is a national effort to collect mite infestation data and to visualize Varroa infestations in honey bee colonies across North America within a one week window.  All beekeepers will be asked to participate, creating a rich distribution of sampling sites in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.  Their Varroa monitoring data will be uploaded to

OBJECTIVE: 1) Raise awareness about honey bee colony Varroa infestations in North America through effective monitoring methods. 2) Management strategies will be made available for discussion within bee organizations utilizing Mite-A-Thon partner developed information and outreach materials.

PARTICIPANTS: All beekeepers are welcome to participate – we need bee associations to help lead this effort!

PARTICIPANTS: All beekeepers are welcome to participate – we need bee associations to help lead this effort!


Encourage your members to participate in September, through meetings, newsletters, emails, social media etc. -

Teach new beekeepers how to monitor for mites in August.

Help your members prepare their monitoring materials.

Support your members in making sure they are able to monitor mites effectively and report their data.

DATA COLLECTION: Participants will monitor the level of mites (number of mites per 100 bees) using a standardized protocol utilizing two common methods of assessment (powdered sugar roll or alcohol wash) and then enter data, including location, total number of hives, number of hives tested, local habitat, and the number of Varroa mites counted from each hive. The published information will not identify individual participants.

CONTACT: or 415-362-1137

Learn more and stay up to date at
Thank you,

The Mite-A-Thon Partners