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



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, November 5, 2018. General Meeting: 7PM. Open Committee Meeting: 6:30PM.   
Next LACBA Beekeeping Class 101:
Sunday, October 21, 2018, 9AM-Noon at The Valley Hive. BEE SUITS REQUIRED!

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Honey Bees Across America

By Brenda Kellar

[Note from LACBA: We'd like to thank Brenda Kellar for granting permission to the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association to post the following article and utilize it on our website under History of Honey Bees in America.] 

Honey Bees Across America 

By Brenda Kellar 

The creation of the United States can be found in the footsteps of the honey bee (Apis mellifera L.). Brought to the east coast of North America in 1622 it would be 231 years before the honey bee reached the west coast. Disease, hostile competitors, harsh climates, and geographical barriers blocked the advance of honey bee and human alike.

Their greatest advantage was each other. The honey bee provided honey, wax, and propolis for human consumption and market, they pollinated the European seeds and saplings that the immigrants brought with them, and they changed the environment (many times in advance of the human immigrants) making it more acceptable to the imported livestock by helping to spread white clover and other English grasses. Christopher Gist wrote in 1751 when near the present site of Circleville “all the way from Licking Creek to this Place is fine rich level Land, with large Meadows, Clover Bottoms & spacious Plains covered with Wild Rye” and west of the Alleghenies “the first arrivals found white clover and Kentucky bluegrass” (Bidwell and Falconer 1925:157). In return the humans provided shelter, encouraged swarming, planted large tracts of plants that are highly utilized by honey bees, and aided the honey bees’ travels over barriers like treeless plains and mountain ranges.

Historical archaeology, with its interdisciplinary approach and incorporation of historic materials with artifacts, is the discipline most suited to discovering the long-term processes that produce changes in both culture and the environment. Honey bees, and I could argue all insect species, leave traces of their impact on the environment and on human cultures that historic archaeology is uniquely designed to uncover.



Healthy Bees: Queenright

By Michael Bush   (Kelley Bees News Issue 25-July 2012) (Posted with permission of Kelley Bee News)

[Kelley Bees Editor’s Note: Last month we ran this article with an advanced apology, as we’d misplaced the information on who provided it. We’ve since learned it came from the esteemed Michael Bush, who recently spoke at Kelley’s Field Day.Thanks to those of you who let us know, and Michael, I apologize! This article is so helpful that we’re running it again this month.]

We are coming into the time of year that you’ll be doing inspections and finding queens that are failing, missing, or you’re not sure what the deal is but you think some hives are queenless. The problem with the situation is you may think they are queenless when actually they have a virgin that isn’t laying yet, or you may think they have laying workers, when actually the queen just hasn’t hit her stride yet and laid multiple eggs. How can you do the right thing when you are not certain?



There are few solutions as universal in their application and success than adding a frame of open brood every week for three weeks.

• It is a virtual panacea for any queen issues.
• It gives the bees the pheromones to suppress laying workers.
• It gives them more workers coming in during a period where there is no laying queen.
• It does not interfere if there is a virgin queen.
• It gives them the resources to rear a queen.
• It is virtually foolproof and does not require finding a queen or seeing eggs.

If you have any issue with queenrightness, no brood, worry that there is no queen...

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The Predator

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

Jumping spiders have to eat, but do they have to snag the bees?

Last weekend as we were checking the lavender patch in our yard, we noticed something partially hidden--and moving--on a post.

It was a jumping spider eating a honey bee. Later in the afternoon...





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April Ohio Bee Die-offs Not Due to Pesticides, Study Shows

By Colleen Scherer, Managing Editor (Ag Professional)  July 3, 2012

A mass die-off of honey bees in April in Ohio was not due to pesticides, according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Although the manner in which the bees died suggested that they had been poisoned by pesticides, the results did not agree. The department tested samples of dead bees and ran the results against a database of 300 pesticides. However, no pesticides were detected in the samples, according to Brett Gates, an agency spokesman.

The results have left officials scratching their heads because no known cause was found.

John George, vice president of the Ohio State Beekeepers Association, was surprised by the findings. “Something affected these bees,” he told

One of the reasons  officials suspected pesticides was because in January, Purdue University published the results of its study that found “extremely high levels” of a neonicotinoid in talc.

(Reprinted with permission by AgProfessional)

(The above brought to us by the American Bee Journal.) July 5, 2012

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Pollinators Peel Back Layer on God's Creation

By Chris Bennett    (Farm Press Blog)  July 5, 2012

All of nature’s beauty is not equal. There is a world of absolute wonder and marvel seldom seen. Just a glance behind the curtain — and the complexity is numbing.

Over 80 percent of flowering plants need a pollinator to reproduce: bats, butterflies, birds, beetles, ants, bees, and many more. A pound of honey holds the essence of 2 million flowers, and a bee colony may log up to 55,000 miles in flight distance to gather nectar for that single pound.

(For more, see: Pound of honey a stunning bee creation)

Numbers? They tend to fade on the memory’s canvas. Stack up enough numbers or statistics — and the whole pile collapses on itself.

But pictures? Here is a stunning look into the hidden world of pollination; the video footage is phenomenal — The Beauty of Pollination:

 ("The Beauty of Pollination" from "Wings of Life" by filmmaker, Louie Schwartzberg.)