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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.

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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 

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Monday
Mar122012

The Secret Life of Bees

By Carl Zimmer (Smithsonian Magazine) March 2012        

The world's leading expert on bee behavior discovers the secrets of decision-making in a swarm.

On the front porch of an old Coast Guard station on Appledore Island, seven miles off the southern coast of Maine, Thomas Seeley and I sat next to 6,000 quietly buzzing bees. Seeley wore a giant pair of silver headphones over a beige baseball cap, a wild fringe of hair blowing out the back; next to him was a video camera mounted on a tripod. In his right hand, Seeley held a branch with a lapel microphone taped to the end. He was recording the honeybee swarm huddling inches away on a board nailed to the top of a post.

Seeley, a biologist from Cornell University, had cut a notch out of the center of the board and inserted a tiny screened box called a queen cage. It housed a single honeybee queen, along with a few attendants. Her royal scent acted like a magnet on the swarm.

If I had come across this swarm spread across my back door, I would have panicked. But here, sitting next to Seeley, I felt a strange calm. The insects thrummed with their own business. They flew past our faces. They got caught in our hair, pulled themselves free and kept flying. They didn’t even mind when Seeley gently swept away the top layer of bees to inspect the ones underneath. 

He softly recited a poem by William Butler Yeats:

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, 
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.


A walkie-talkie on the porch rail chirped.

“Pink bee headed your way,” said Kirk Visscher, an entomologist at the University of California, Riverside. Seeley, his gaze fixed on the swarm, found the walkie-talkie with his left hand and brought it to his mouth.

“We wait with bated breath,” he said. Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/The-Secret-Life-of-Bees.html#ixzz1utedMyKa

Photo by Peter Essick/Aurora Photos

 

Monday
Mar122012

The National Academies of Science

From LACBA Secretary, Stacy McKenna & thanks to LACBA Member, Juan Vicente for the link!!!

The National Academies of Science make their publications available (many free f!)or PDF download) at http://www.nap.edu/topics.php- a quick search for "honey bee" will turn up a fascinating area of studies in various categories. Clicking through to the individual titles will also sometimes include links to related podcasts/recordings. (Searching just for BEE will include a variety of energy related topics thanks to the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems). In addition to the books listed on the left, the "National Academies Search Results" box on the right will link to pertinent blog articles, legislation/testimony, etc. Take a look to see what kinds of research your tax dollars are helping fund - they're making it accessible.

Tuesday
Feb142012

In Midwest, Monarch Butterflies May Be Fewer

By Andrew Pollace (New York Times/Science) 7/11/11

As recently as a decade ago, farms in the Midwest were commonly marred — at least as a farmer would view it — by unruly patches of milkweed amid the neat rows of emerging corn or soybeans.

Not anymore. Fields are now planted with genetically modified corn and soybeans resistant to the herbicide Roundup, allowing farmers to spray the chemical to eradicate weeds, including milkweed.

And while that sounds like good news for the farmers, a growing number of scientists fear it is imperiling the monarch butterfly, whose spectacular migrations make it one of the most beloved of insects — “the Bambi of the insect world,” as an entomologist once put it.

Monarchs lay their eggs on milkweed, and their larvae eat it. While the evidence is still preliminary and disputed, experts like Chip Taylor say the growing use of genetically modified crops is threatening the orange-and-black butterfly by depriving it of habitat.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/12/science/12butterfly.html?_r=2

Friday
Jan062012

Corn Seed Pesticide Kills Bees

By Alan Harman  (1/6/12)

Corn Seed Treatment As Lethal As It Gets For Honey Bees All Season Long, And Long After The Season Has Gone. It Just Keeps On Killing.

Frightening new research shows honey bees are being exposed to deadly neonicotinoid insecticides and several other agricultural pesticides throughout their foraging period. The research, published in the scientific journal PLoS One says extremely high levels of clothianidin and thiamethoxam were found in planter exhaust material produced during the planting of treated maize seed. The work, which could raise new questions about the long-term survival of the honey bee, was conducted by Christian H. Krupke of the Department of Entomology at Purdue University, Brian D. Eitzer of the Department of Analytical Chemistry at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station and Krispn Given of Purdue.

Neonicotinoids  were found in the soil of each field we sampled, including  unplanted fields, they report. Dandelions visited by foraging bees growing near these fields were found to contain neonicotinoids as well. “This indicates deposition of neonicotinoids on the flowers, uptake by the root system, or both,” the report says. “Dead bees collected near hive entrances during the spring sampling period were found to contain clothianidin as well.” Read more: http://home.ezezine.com/1636/1636-2012.01.04.21.46.archive.html

 

Thursday
Jan052012

Zombie Flies Invade the Central Coast

By Rachel Ramirez  1/5/12  Central Coast News

Prunedale, Calif. - This may sound a little nutty, but "zombie" attacks are spreading from the Bay Area to the Central Coast.

A parasitic scuttle fly, dubbed as a "zombie fly," is attacking honeybees and taking over their body like a zombie before a slow death.

Prunedale beekeeper Ron Flint has been rescuing and caring for bees for three years.  

But upon the new year, he started noticing some odd behavior.

"New Years day I was barbequing. I had flood lights on and the bees were bouncing off the flood lights," said Flint.

Flying towards the light, abandoning the beehive, falling over and crawling in circles are all symptoms of a "zombie-like" parasite attack. Read more: http://www.kionrightnow.com/story/16458259/zombie-flies-invade-the-central-coast