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


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

Next LACBA Beekeeping Class 101:
Sunday, July 15, 2018, 9AM-Noon at The Valley Hive. BEE SUITS REQUIRED!

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Identifying the Bees

Whats the Buzz? North America has over 4,400 described species of 'native bees' that pollinate wildflowers and crops. From the tiny Perdita minima to the substantial carpenter bee [Xylocopa virginica] these local pollinators are hard at work in the floral landscapes of gardens, farms, forests, grasslands and urban and wild lands. Unfortunately, several species of native bees are showing disturbing signs of decline. Learn more about these colorful pollinators and how you can support them at:

Identifying the Bees on the Poster:


The Blessing of the Bees

From NYC Beekeeping

We're buzzing with excitement...the first-ever blessing of the bees took place earlier today at Cathedral St John the Divine with!

In the photo: the Bishop and Jim and Nicole (the beekeeper at the Cathedral) from 
Photo © by Jan Mun

By the way, if you're in New York on June 25th catch the Booktalk & Summer Gathering: Kim Flottum - "The Buzz about Bees and the Future of Food" at The Arsenal in Central Park.


Help EPA Focus on What's at Stake

PAN North America (Pesticide Action Network) June 19, 2012

It’s pollinator week, a made-up holiday focusing on a very real problem: bees are still dying off en masse, and without them, we’re in trouble. This week and next, EPA is deciding just how “real” a threat pesticides pose to our pollinators. We need to help them focus on what’s really at stake.

Bee die-offs are an emergency. Period. » In March, PAN joined partners and beekeepers from around the country in filing a legal petition with EPA, calling on the agency to make use of its emergency powers to protect bees from Bayer's clothianidin.

Sources tell us that in the next two weeks, EPA will decide whether or not bees dying off at unprecedented rates constitutes an “imminent hazard.” Since the wholesale decline of bees and other pollinators is most certainly an imminent hazard requiring emergency intervention, we want to be sure that EPA knows we're watching.

“Imminent hazard” is bureaucracy-speak from our notoriously weak federal pesticide law (FIFRA). It sets the condition under which EPA can actually take swift action to cancel the registration of a pesticide. They very rarely do so in part because they know the pesticide industry will keep that decision tied up in court. In other words, industry sues EPA when the agency does its job.

EPA, use your power to protect bees now» If bees dying off en masse isn’t an “imminent hazard” and an emergency, we don’t know what is.

Thank you for taking action.

Pesticide Action Network North America 49 Powell St., Suite 500, San Francisco, CA 94102 USA
Phone: (415) 981-1771 Fax: (415) 981-1991 Email:


Of Honeybees and World Food Supply

By: Georginna Pfost (Christian Science Monitor-A Christian Science Perspective) June 19, 2012

Pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and moths, as well as bats and birds, are a critical part of our planet’s ecosystem – the interconnected structure of life. In fact, one-third of humans’ food comes from insect-pollinated plants. In the process of collecting pollen and nectar to sustain themselves, pollinators help plants reproduce by spreading their pollen. And, in turn, the plants’ fruits and seeds provide food for other animals and people.

Consequently, many people (particularly backyard beekeepers like me) are celebrating the sixth annualPollinator Week (June 18-24) by doing such things as planting more varieties of flowers, buying more organically grown food, and eliminating the use of pesticides in our gardens. These actions help feed pollinators and prevent harm to them. But given recent news of spring honeybee die-offs in the Midwestern United States (apparently related to the sowing of pesticide-coated corn), I’m also taking time to specifically pray for these small creatures. 


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Off to Italy on a Very Important Mission

By Kathy Keatley Garvey (Bug Squad - Happenings in the Insect World) 

It won't be lock, stock and barrel, but it will be stock.

A team of scientists from UC Davis and Washington State University will be heading for Italy tomorrow (June 19) to gather germplasm (sperm) of Old World/Italian honey bee stock. They'll bring it back to the United States to inseminate bee queens. 

Bee breeder-geneticist Susan Cobey, who has a joint appointment at UC Davis and WSU, will be in Italy with colleagues Read More...

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