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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, April 2, 2018. General Meeting: 7PM. Open Board Meeting: 6:30PM.  

Next LACBA Beekeeping Class 101:
Sunday, April 15, 2018, 9AM-Noon at The Valley Hive.

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White House beekeeper retires  

(Washington Examiner) 

The keeper of the first-ever White House beehive officially retired from the government this week, but his 70,000 bees won’t be buzzing June Carter Cash’s “Will you miss me when I’m gone?”

That’s because Charlie Brandts, who was a White House carpenter when the first family’s chef Sam Kass tapped him to establish a hive near the Michelle Obama’s veggie garden in March 2009, plans to devote his retirement to beekeeping and will continue to oversee the multi-colored hive on the South Lawn.

While honey bees don’t need daily attention, the White House reveals that they have established a backup team to help Brandts or take care of any emergency: pastry chefs Susie Morrison and Bill Yosses. “The hive doesn’t really need day-to-day care, so Charlie will still be doing the primary work on it with Susie and Bill helping,” says a White House aide.

Kim Flottum, the editor of the industry publication Bee Culture, said that the new beekeeping arrangement should work just fine. “They work close together,” he tells Secrets. Brandts agrees. “We’re like in a partnership,” he says. Brandts, 55, worked at the White House for 28 years, starting during the Reagan years, and is a 35-year federal employee.

Spring and summer are the most intensive time to tend bees during which the hives expand after winter and begin making babies and honey. Read more:

The White House bees – did you see the video of their first harvest in 2010?


Experiments Underestimate Climate Change Impacts to Plants

By Jessica Robertson, (Science Features) 5/2/12

As the climate has warmed, many plants are starting to grow leaves and bloom flowers earlier. A new study published in the journal, Nature, suggests that most field experiments may underestimate the degree to which the timing of leafing and flowering changes with global warming.

Understanding how plants are responding to climate change will help develop more accurate indicators of spring, forecast the onset of allergy season or the chances of western wildfires, manage wildlife and invasive plants, and help inform habitat restoration plans.

In this new study, scientists evaluated the sensitivity of plants to changes in temperature using two sources: experimental plots versus historical observations from natural sites.

The experiments analyzed in this study were conducted by artificially inducing warming in small study plots, and then measuring plant responses. The historical observations entailed long-term monitoring of multiple species at natural ecological research sites without any manipulation. The date of leafing and flowering was synthesized for dozens of warming experiments and monitoring sites across the Northern Hemisphere.

Scientists conclude that compared to warming experiments, historical monitoring shows temperature sensitivity to be four times greater for leafing and over eight times faster for flowering. 

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Scientists answer questions from Glacier National Park, MT!



HoneyColony - where Hive & Health Cross-Pollinate 

By Maryam Henein Vanishing of the Bees Co-Director/Producer Maryam Henein creates a social ecommerce site focused on bees and holostic living. 

HoneyColony is a social ecommerce site that finds, evaluates, shares, and distributes products and ideas that support optimum health and a holistic lifestyle. The products, which include super foods, herbs, high-end supplements & bee-related products, come from independent suppliers respected for their integrity and sustainable practices. Read more:


Bringing Two Worlds Together - Monsanto and Honey Bees 

By Jerry Hayes (Beelogics Commercial Lead) 4/30/12

The Apiculture/ Beekeeping Industry is recognized as a small industry – vital, important, but small. Not very many companies want to get involved in it as many times research and investment are expensive, with little immediate return that can be projected. Generally beekeepers go to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), universities or private industry looking for help. Sometimes it comes, but most of the time it doesn’t.
Now we have a company committed to ag r&d that acquired Beeologics. They know nothing about honey bees, right?
Actually, they do. Monsanto knows that honey bees are a key component to successful sustainable agriculture globally. They know that honey bees are responsible for one-third of the food we eat. The acres of pollinator-dependent crops are the largest ever in the history of the world and growing along with population increases. Food is more than calories; it is nutrition. And with incomes increasing, there is more and more demand for fruits, nuts, vegetables and berries that enhance a diet nutritionally.
Monsanto is committed to sustainable agriculture. It makes good business sense to support sustainable agriculture and that’s why they want to use their time, talents and resources to contribute positively to honey bee health. This is not a PR stunt; this is a smart business move to help agriculture globally.
In the short time I’ve been with Monsanto it is clear to me that my company is spending time and energy on  bee health and also really wants to listen, collaborate and learn from knowledgeable third parties.  It is really a pleasant surprise and makes this much more real for me.
Me, being able (on a small scale) to help this large company filled with smart and committed scientists, to develop  a safe and effective honey bee health products is a great opportunity. I have been in the beekeeping industry for 25+ years and have never seen this type of commitment by a large ag company. I had a great job in Florida as the Chief of the Apiary Section for the Commissioner of Agriculture. The weather was good, the collaboration with the industry was terrific, and I had a great Commissioner to work for. I’ve written the “Classroom” column in the American Bee Journal for 20 + years and wrote a book by the same name, and have served on all sorts of councils, committees and boards.
And over all those years and all these things, we were always dealing with the lack of resources to control honey bee pests, parasites and diseases.
So now we have an opportunity to do this. I have my personal neck stretchedwaaaay outside of my shell. But, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Question my sanity or intelligence but not my motivation.   I appreciate my new employer giving me a chance to bring the two worlds together.

(Reposted with permission of the American Bee Journal. To subscribe to the ABJ and receive ABJ Enews:


USDA 5 Year Plan Needs YOUR Input...Your Suggestions!!! 

Your responses to the following questionnaire will be of great help in developing the next NP 305 action plan.  Do not hesitate to send to club members or others you know in the beekeeping or related industries. Please fill out the questionnaire below, and forward this email to Karin Sypura at and return by Wednesday May 9th.  

Thank you for your continued support,
Karin Sypura
Program Analyst
Crop Production and Protection (CPP)
Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

To view and complete the Crop Production National Program (NP305): Bee Component, Bee Customer/Stakeholder Questionnaire go to:

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