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This is the official website for the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association, established in 1873. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

LA COUNTY FAIR - BEE BOOTH

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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: https://www.facebook.com/losangelesbeekeeping 

THE LATEST BUZZ:  

Saturday
Sep092017

Mite-A-Thon has Begun!

 

By The Bee Informed Team   BLOG  September 9, 2017

Mite-A-Thon, the first ever national event to capture and collect Varroa mite infestations in North America has started! Please dust off your sugar shake jars, grab some powdered sugar and join us in the colonies starting today and lasting until September 16th (we hope you continue to monitor your colonies beyond this drive as MiteCheck.com is always open and your data is always welcome).

Add your data to this map and make it light up! Look at the data and see what management practices are being used around the country. If you have questions about what management or treatment strategy you should use, please see this valuable Varroa guide from the Honey Bee Health Coalition.

MiteCheck National Map (found at MiteCheck.com)

If you don’t have a sugar roll jar, please see our previous BIP blog on how to make one and then how to administer a sugar roll test. Read more about sugar roll tests in general and for ways to interpret your data, please read another BIP blog here.

There are still time to purchase ready-made MiteCheck kits (everything you need in 1 bucket!). Please think about buying one from these bee supply houses, Brushy Mountain Bee Farm and Mann Lake.

Please get out, enjoy the wonderful fall weather and contribute to a HUGE citizen science project. You’ll learn how healthy your bees are heading into winter and you’ll make a difference in this valuable research effort. We thank you. Fight the mites.

https://beeinformed.org/2017/09/09/mite-a-thon-has-begun/

Sunday
Sep032017

Happy Labor Day

Historical Honeybee Articles - Beekeeping History

Sept. 4 - Labor Day (USA, Australia, Canada)
May 1 - International Workers Day 
(Russia and Asian Countries)
For centuries the image of a beehive was used to represent labour and industry. ~Follow:
Historical Honeybee Articles - Beekeeping History

circa. 1780 Beehives representing industry under a protective roof outside a blacksmith's shop. From Bowles's Moral Pictures: or Poor Richards Almanack Illustrated.

The inscription says:
'He that hath a trade hath an estate. At the working man;s house hunger looks in, but dares not enter. Industry pays debts. while despair increases them.' -Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard Improved, 1758

The Poor Richards Almanack was founded by Ben Franklin in 1732 under the name of Richard Saunders; he continued to publish it for about 25 years. Combining entertainment, moral instruction and practical information, Poor Richard's Almanack proved both popular and profitable, and as the existence of this print attests, many of Franklin's maxims were passed down to later generations as sage advice for young people and are now classic Americana.

Source:

Image 
Fine Art America 
http://fineartamerica.com/…/8-poor-richard-illustrated-gran…

Wiki - Poor Richards Almanack
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poor_Richard%27s_Almanack

American Treasures Library of Congress
https://www.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/trm187.html

Ursus Books
https://www.ursusbooks.com/pages/books/147954/benjamin-franklin/bowless-moral-pictures-or-poor-richard-illustrated

Friday
Sep012017

KTLA5's Chris Burrous Visits the Bee Booth Opening Day at the LA County Fair

KTLA5 Morning News with Chris Burrous  September 1, 2017

It's Opening Day at the LA County Fair and Chris Burrous (KTLA5 Morning News) buzzed by the Bee Booth to have a fun chat about bees with Clyde Steese of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association. 

Come by the Bee Booth and learn about bees, beekeeping, honey, and what the bees have to teach us. Experienced beekeepers from the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association and the Beekeepers Association of Southern California will be on hand and love talking about bees.

Find the queen! Witness the Waggle Dance! Pick up some delicious local raw honey from local beekeepers! 

(Thank you to fellow beekeepers, Jason Ball (KTLA5), for this opportunity to get the word out about honey bees and the Bee Booth at the LA County Fair.)

http://ktla.com/2017/09/01/la-county-fair-opening-day/

Thursday
Aug312017

LA County Fair Opens Labor Day Weekend - See you at the Bee Booth!


LOS ANGELES COUNTY FAIR BEE BOOTH
Pomona Fairgrounds
(The Bee Booth is across from the 'Big Red Barn')
1101 West McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
http://lacountyfair.com/

Fair Opens Labor Day Weekend (Fri-Mon)
Fair Runs September 1-24, 2017 (Wed-Sun)
FAIR HOURS

For more information buzz over to our Los Angeles County Fair Bee Booth Page.

Saturday
Aug262017

Mаn Investigаtes If Honeybees Reаlly Hаve To Die When They Sting

Animal Planet Life

Do honey bees reаlly hаve to die when they sting? This video from Аrvin Pierce аbout bees sets out to find out.

The beekeeper explаins thаt if bees sting other insects, they’ll likely survive, but if they sting аn аnimаl with “elаstic skin” (like people), yes, they аre likely to die аs their innаrds аre pulled out when they try to retrieve their stingers.

 

But there аre exceptions, аs Pierce shows in the video.

Pierce lets the bees sting him аnd, insteаd of swаtting them, he gives them time to get loose. Within 25-30 seconds severаl of the bees mаnаge to retrieve their stinger аnd fly off – surviving the experience!

He explаins thаt stinging is the lаst thing honey bees wаnt to do. They do it аs defense, not аggression. So if you wаnt to sаve а bee’s life “don’t slаp thаt bee, just give them time to get free,” sаys Pierce.

The beekeeper аdmits, thаt no one will probаbly wаnt to wаit the seconds needed for the bees to retrieve their stingers, but it’s а “nice to know”.

Pierce’s key tаke-аwаy is to help people understаnd thаt bees don’t leаve their hive looking for somebody to s t i n g. Their mаin goаl is to seek out food sources аnd bring them bаck to their hive.

But this is аn increаsing chаllenge for honey bees. So Pierce wаnts people to help them by providing а “secure, cleаn environment with heаlthy food sources”.

Thаt sounds like а good ideа for everyone, don’t you think?

http://www.reshareworthy.com/honeybees-sting/

(Cautionary note: Make sure if you're working with your bees in areas with Africanized Honey Bees to wear protective clothing.)