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This is the official website for the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association established in 1873.


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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 2, 2018. General Meeting: 7PM. Open Board Meeting: 6:30PM.  

Next LACBA Beekeeping Class 101:
Sunday, June 17, 2018, 9AM-Noon at The Valley Hive. BEE SUITS REQUIRED!

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Governor Brown signed the Homemade Food Act into law!!

The law will go into effect in January.

Read more at: The Sustainable Economics Law Center where you can download a copy of the full bill. 

SELC is planning to create a legal resource guide to answer some of the frequently asked questions that come up from aspiring food producers interested in taking advantage of this new law. They also plan to work with county health departments around the state to make sure that this law gets properly implemented. 

(The above was provided by CSBA Sec/Treas, Carlen Jupe.)


Western Apiculture Society and Washington State Beekeepers Joint Conference

If you aren't registered yet for the 2012 Western Apicultural Society/Washington State Beekeepers Joint Conference, you have just a few days left to do so. The event begins with the BEE Buzz Social at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 4th at the Embassy Suites in Tukwila (Seattle) WA and runs through to Saturday night, October 6th. Check the WSBA website at for all the details. 


Honey Bees Fight Back Against Varroa

(The following brought to us by the American Bee Journal.) 9/27/12


The parasitic mite Varroa destructor is a major contributor to the recent mysterious death of honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Genome Biology finds that specific proteins, released by damaged larvae and in the antennae of adult honey bees, can drive hygienic behavior of the adults and promote the removal of infected larvae from the hive.

V. destructor sucks the blood (hemolymph) of larval and adult bees leaving them weakened and reducing the ability of their immune systems to fight off infections. Not that honey bees have strong immune systems in the first place since they have fewer immunity genes than solitary insects such as flies and moths. These tiny mites can also spread viral disease between hosts. This double onslaught is thought to be a significant contributor to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).

But all is not lost - honey bees have evolved a way to fight back: hygienic behavior where diseased or parasitized larvae are removed from their brood cells, and Varroa-sensitive hygienic behavior which they use to reduce the number of reproductive mites on remaining larvae.

To find exactly how bees respond to hive infections, researchers from Canada looked at the natural behavioral of bees in the presence of damaged larvae and compared this to protein differences in the larvae and adults. After scanning 1200 proteins the team found that several proteins, including LOC552009 (of unknown function but similar to ApoO), found in the antennae of adults were associated with both uncapping brood cells and the removal of larvae. Other proteins were involved in olfaction or in signal transduction, probably helping the adults find infected larvae amongst a brood.

In damaged larvae, transglutaminase, a protein involved in blood clotting, was upregulated, which appeared to be a key component in regulating the adult's behavior. Other proteins indicated adaptations to help fight infection, including chitin biosynthesis and immune responses.

Dr Leonard Foster from CHIBI at the University of British Columbia, who led this research said, "Beekeepers have previously focused on selecting bees with traits such as enhanced honey production, gentleness and winter survival. We have found a set of proteins which could be used to select colonies on their ability to resist Varroa mite infestation and can be used to find individuals with increased hygienic behavior. Given the increasing resistance of Varroa to available drugs this would provide a natural way of ensuring honey farming and potentially survival of the species."

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LACBA Buzzings!!! Newsletter from August 2012 Meeting

Buzzings!!! Newsletter from our August 2012 Meeting is now ready for your reading enjoyment. Thank you to LACBA Secretary, Stacy McKenna, on a wonderful job. Some of the topics include: the LA County Fair, Urban Beekeeping, Fall Hive Care by El Rey. 


UC Davis Department of Entomology - Sept/Oct Apiary Newsletter

From Dr. Eric Mussen, Apiculturist and Editor, U.C. Apiaries, University of California, September/October Apiary Newsletter  

Some of the topics include: CCD Still and Enigma, Formic Acid Now Organically Approved, UK Report on Pesticides and Bees, Revised UC IPM Manual, Beeswax is Old Dentistry, CSBA Convention Program Presentations, Schedule of the Joint Conference of the Western Apicultural Society and Washington State Beekeepers Association.

With the permission of Dr. Eric Mussen, we have attached the UC Davis Department of Entomology Apiary September/October Newsletter

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