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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, February 5, 2018. General Meeting: 7PM. Open Board Meeting: 6:30PM.  

LACBA Beekeeping Class 101:
3rd Sunday of the month beginning February 18, 2018, 9AM-Noon.

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Colony Collapse Revisited (Sick Bees Part 18A)

By Randy Oliver (Scientific Beekeeping) 

Gone, or Just Taking a Breather?

In my article on almond pollination last month I pointed out that beekeepers in the U.S. started experiencing increased colony mortality in the mid 2000’s.  What made the headlines was an unusual form of sudden colony mortality eventually given the name “Colony Collapse Disorder” (CCD).  But this season CCD has sort of fallen off the radar.  So perhaps it’s time to look back at what we’ve learned.

The question is, has CCD now gone the way of previous cases of “Disappearing Disease”—episodes in which some disease caused bouts of sudden mortality, and then disappeared before anyone could figure out what caused it?  A number of researchers suspected that CCD would do the same, following the typical progression of a pathogen-induced plague.  The surprise was that it stuck around as long as it did.

If CCD is indeed caused by one or more novel virulent pathogens, we’d expect that pathogen’s virulence to be burning out by now.  On the other hand, if CCD is caused by an extraneous environmental factor, such as cell phones, GMO’s, or some pesticide, we would not expect to see a change until that factor was removed from the environment.

Or perhaps, CCD simply requires enough chilling of colonies to kick it into gear...

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NCSU Apiculture Program (New Online Resource for Beekeepers)

NCSU Apiculture Program - North Carolina State University Department of Entomology 

The Beekeeper Education and Engagement System (BEES) is a new online resource for beekeepers at all levels. The system is entirely internet based and open to the public. The structure of the BEES network is broken into three ascending levels of difficulty (Beginner, Advanced, and Ambassador) and three general areas of content (honey bee biology, honey bee management, and the honey bee industry).


Commonly Used Pesticide Turns Honey Bees Into 'Picky Eaters'

By Kim McDonald (UCSD Science&Engineering) May 23, 2012

Biologists at UC San Diego have discovered that a small dose of a commonly used crop pesticide turns honey bees into “picky eaters” and affects their ability to recruit their nestmates to otherwise good sources of food.

The results of their experiments, detailed in this week’s issue of the Journal of Experimental Biology, have implications for what pesticides should be applied to bee-pollinated crops and shed light on one of the main culprits suspected to be behind the recent declines in honey bee colonies. 

Credit: James Nieh

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Cornell Study Values Pollinated crops at over $15 Billion

Published in PLoS One By Nick Calderone

Insect Pollinated Crops, Insect Pollinators and US Agriculture: Trend Analysis of Aggregate Data for the Period 1992–2009.


In the US, the cultivated area (hectares) and production (tonnes) of crops that require or benefit from insect pollination (directly dependent crops: apples, almonds, blueberries, cucurbits, etc.) increased from 1992, the first year in this study, through 1999 and continued near those levels through 2009; aggregate yield (tonnes/hectare) remained unchanged. 

The value of directly dependent crops attributed to all insect pollination (2009 USD) decreased from $14.29 billion in 1996, the first year for value data in this study, to $10.69 billion in 2001, but increased thereafter, reaching $15.12 billion by 2009.

The values attributed to honey bees and non-Apispollinators followed similar patterns, reaching $11.68 billion and $3.44 billion, respectively, by 2009. The cultivated area of crops grown from seeds resulting from insect pollination (indirectly dependent crops: legume hays, carrots, onions, etc.) was stable from 1992 through 1999, but has since declined. Production of those crops also declined, albeit not as rapidly as the decline in cultivated area; this asymmetry was due to increases in aggregate yield.

Read the entire paper here.

(The above brought us by CATCH THE BUZZ (Kim Flottum) Bee Culture, The Magazine of American Beekeeping, published by A.I. Root Company.) 


Conversation with a Beekeeper Webinar–Register Today for June 11 Session

BEES Network: Learn How to Grow Your Knowledge and Understanding of Bees and Beekeeping 

Monday, June 11, 2012 8:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. CT/6:00 p.m. MT/5:00 p.m. PT/4:00 p.m. AKST/3:00 p.m. HST

Dr. David Tarpy, associate professor and extension apiculturist, Department of Entomology, North Carolina State University

The ABF Education Committee has been hard at work developing new ways to keep its members engaged and informed in between ABF annual conferences each year. To this end, the ABF is pleased to announce another session in the educational Webinar series titled “Conversation with a Beekeeper.” Plans are in place to host these sessions every few months.
The next session will be held on Monday, June 11, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. ET, and will feature Dr. David Tarpy, associate professor and extension apiculturist, Department of Entomology, North Carolina State University. 

SESSION DETAILS: BEES Network: Learn How to Grow Your Knowledge and Understanding of Bees and Beekeeping


Join us as we learn more about an exciting new program – the Beekeeper Education & Engagement System (BEES). Under the direction of Dr. David Tarpy, associate professor and extension apiculturist, Department of Entomology, North Carolina State University, the BEES Network is an online resource for beekeepers at all levels. The system is entirely Internet based and aims to foster an online learning community among beekeepers. The structure of the BEES Network is broken into three ascending levels of complexity (Beginner, Advanced and Ambassador) and three general areas of content (honey bee biology, honey bee management and the honey bee industry). And, through the end of the year, ABF members will be given the opportunity to participate in the program at a 20-percent discount. Read more:  Beekeeper Education & Engagement System 


The sessions will be conducted via the Cisco WebEx online meetings platform, which means the presenter will have a visual presentation, as well as an audio presentation. You do not have to have access to a computer to participate! As long as you have access to a phone you can listen in to the session.

Please note that space is limited and open to the first 100 ABF members. Reserve your spot today by e-mailing Grayson Daniels, ABF membership coordinator, at or by calling the ABF offices at 404.760.2875.

Registration will close 48 business hours before the scheduled session. Twenty-four hours before the session the registered participant will receive an e-mail confirming participation, along with the necessary information to join the session. If an e-mail address is not provided, the ABF will call the participant with the information. Questions for the speaker must be submitted 48 business hours in advance to Grayson Daniels.

If you are unable to make the session, don’t fear! Each session will be recorded and available on the ABF Web site for member-only access.

This Session Sponsored By: Nozevit – A Member of the Family

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