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


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Bill's Bees
Holly Hawk 626-807-0572
The Valley Hive 


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!

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



LACBA Buzzings!!! Newsletter June, 2012 Meeting

Buzzings!!! Newsletter from our June, 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: Bear fence, nectar flow, white fuzzy mold looking stuff, and much more. 


Parasitic Varroa Destructor Mite's Role in Collapse of Honey Bee Colonies

Two High-Impact Journals Publish New Papers on the Parasitic Varroa destructor Mite's Role in Collapse of Honey Bee Colonies 

NEW YORKJune 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a Statement by Dr. Peter Daszak, President, EcoHealth Alliance:

EcoHealth Alliance, an organization with a long history of ground-breaking work on species declines by our disease discovery experts, welcomes the publication of two new papers on the critical issue of honey bee colony declines, focusing on the role of the parasitic mite Varroa destructor. The mite was introduced in South America in the late 1970s, across Europe in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the United States in 1987, and Hawaii in 2007.

The papers are in high-impact journals Science and PLoS Pathogens, both highly-respected among disease ecologists and other scientists. Read more...


New Drug for American Foulbrood (AFB)

In March 2012, FDA approved LINCOMIX Soluble Powder, sponsored by Pharmacia and Upjohn Co., a Division of Pfizer, Inc. to control American Foulbrood 

By Melanie McLean, DVM, Center for Veterinary Medicine, FDA

American Foulbrood – A Foul Disease

When beekeepers utter the three-letter acronym “AFB,” they’re not referring to the closest air force base. Rather, they’re talking about American foulbrood, a serious infectious disease of honey bees. Caused by the spore-forming bacteria Paenibacillus larvae and found worldwide, AFB is one of the most widespread diseases affecting honey bee brood, and the most destructive. The disease does not pose any health risks to people, but it wrecks havoc among bees. Severe outbreaks can weaken or kill entire colonies.

American foulbrood affects the larval and pupal stages of brood development, leaving adult bees safe from infection. Young larvae may die quickly when they are curled at the base of their uncapped cells. Worker bees remove these dead larvae, leaving empty cells. Most often, death occurs after the cell has been capped. By this time, the older larvae or young pupae have stretched out lengthwise and are upright, filling most of their cell. Read more...

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


Pesticides Move into Pollen & Nectar,this time in Squash

Kimberly A. Stoner, Brian D. Eitzer

Movement of Soil-Applied Imidacloprid and Thiamethoxam into Nectar and Pollen of Squash (Cucurbita pepo)


There has been recent interest in the threat to bees posed by the use of systemic insecticides. One concern is that systemic insecticides may translocate from the soil into pollen and nectar of plants, where they would be ingested by pollinators. This paper reports on the movement of two such systemic neonicotinoid insecticides, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam, into the pollen and nectar of flowers of squash (Cucurbita pepo cultivars “Multipik,” “Sunray” and “Bush Delicata”) when applied to soil by two methods: (1) sprayed into soil before seeding, or (2) applied through drip irrigation in a single treatment after transplant. Read more....

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


Support HoneyLove and Bees on the Radio (KPFK 90.7FM) 6/28/12 3PM 

HoneyLove is a local group working to legalize beekeeping in Los Angeles

This THURSDAY 6/28/12 @ 3PM HoneyLove will be featured in an interview on KPFK 90.7 FM the show is called "Focus On Food"!

It would be amazing if people could call in to the station after the show and comment in support of HoneyLove's legalization efforts for urban beekeeping and how we need more shows like "Focus on Food!"

Also, on the same day (Thursday 6/28) if anyone lives down by El Segundo... HoneyLove was selected to receive a 5% donation by Whole Foods Market for the entire day (7am-10pm) at the El Segundo store. This is their first big grant and it would be wonderful if you could "buzz" about it: