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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 


The LACBA will not have a meeting or Beekeeping Class 101 in September. From August 31 - September 23, 2018 LACBA members will be dedicating our time volunteering at the Bee Booth at the LA County Fair. Come join us. We have a live observation hive and our experienced beekeepers will be sharing their knowledge, experience, and adventures of beekeeping.

Next LACBA Meeting: Monday, October 1, 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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Green-Eyed Bee

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

So you're poking around in your garden and you see a bee on a flowering artichoke that you've never seen foraging there before.

On sunflowers, yes. On artichokes, no.

A closer look--and huge green eyes stare back at you.

Definitely not a honey bee (Apis mellifera), although its size is comparable.

This one (above) was a male long-horned sunflower bee... Read more...

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Patients all A Buzz about Bee Venom Treatment

Tara Cleary, Reuters   (Apatherapy News)  June 24, 2012
A bee farmer in the Philippines uses sting therapy to treat patients with gout, arthritis, and autoimmune disorders.
Feeling the pain of a bee sting, but this sting is deliberate. Filipino bee farmer turned alternative medicine practitioner, Joel Magsaysay is performing bee venom therapy at his farm outside Manila. He's hoping the sting will start healing his patients damaged nerves, just like it healed him after a stroke that left the right side of his body paralyzed 12 years ago. He says proteins found in bee venom awakened the nerves in his torso and limbs and restored his muscle movement…


Bees the Key to Flower Color Evolution

 Monash University (June 7, 2012) 

Plants separated by vast oceans and 34 million years evolved to produce the same coloured flower petals because of their reliance on bees for pollination, according to new research.

In a study published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, scientists from Monash University, RMIT University and the Swedish Museum of Natural History demonstrated how flowering plants, or angiosperms, in Australia and Europe have made use of the same colours to attract bees. Read more...

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Pollination Week Reading

From the Rocky Mountain Land Library blog (June 17, 2012)

The Ultimate Partnership

Consider this: about 75% of all flowering plants rely on pollination to set seed or fruit, and from these plants comes one-third of the human diet. This Monday marks the beginning of Pollinator Week, an international effort to focus on the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations.

Pollinators positively effect our lives and the life of the entire planet. The invaluable ecosystem services they provide are eloquently told in the classic book, The Natural History of Pollination by Michael Proctor, Peter Yeo, and Andrew Lack (originally part of the legendary British book series, The New Naturalists). This well-illustrated book describes all the ways in which pollination occurs: wind, water, birds, bats, insects, even mice.


Tell the EPA to Protect our Honey Bees from Pesticides

  From the Center for Food Safety

You may have already signed the Petition in March 2012. Take this further action. Honey bees and other insect pollinators are dying off at unprecedented rates and pesticides are a clear causal factor. This week and next, EPA is deciding just how “real” they think the pesticide threat to our pollinators is. Read more and sign the petition...