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


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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, 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: 



So Very Territorial

By Kathy Keatley Garvey (Bug Squad - Happenings in the Insect World) June 2, 2012 

Whether it's coming or going, you notice this pollinator's presence.

The European wool carder bee ( Anthidium manicatum), so named because the female collects or cards "plant hairs" or "plant fuzz" to line her nest, is strikingly beautiful.

The bee is mostly black and yellow. The females, about the size of a worker honey bee, range in body length from 11 to 13 millimeters, while the males are 14 to 17 mm. 

The males are very territorial. They put the "terror" in territorial. We see them hovering over the lavender in our yard and then bodyslamming honey bees. This behavior results in very skittish honey bees; no wonder honey bees don't linger on the blossoms long when their cousins show up!

The European wool carder bee, as its name implies, is a non-native. But so, too, are the honey bees, which European colonists brought to America in 1622.


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Check out the marvelous inspirational article about Kathy Keatley Garvey in the June 2012 issue of the American Bee Journal. It features more beautiful bee photography by Kathy Keatley Garvey and a walk in her garden.


An Alternative Pesticide Reporting Resource

On March 24th CATCH THE BUZZ notified you of the possibility of signing a legal petition asking EPA to withdraw registration of the chemical Clothianidin.

On May 11 there was a CATCH THE BUZZ story called “Corn Planting Killing Bees. Help Stop This Now”. In that article it was strongly recommended reporting your incident(s) to your State pesticide incident reporting system; to EPA at; and also to the National incident reporting portal at A number of you have done this. However, several corn growing states are refusing to investigate bee kills associated with corn planting and only the bee kills reported directly to the EPA are being captured.

Part of what EPA looks at when considering a legal petition is what they consider imminent harm. If EPA perceives that little harm is occurring from a specific use they are far less inclined to seriously consider the removal of registration. EPA claims that they can not interfere with State Primacy for pesticide enforcement, which in essence leaves them blind to actual harm occurring.

The Center for Food Safety would like to capture the essence of the Clothianidin corn planting problem as they move forward in their discussion with EPA. It is critical for them to document that EPA is not adequately capturing reported incidents as they make the argument about imminent harm. To that end they have created a form for beekeepers to report their incidents at 

Even if you have already filed an official pesticide corn incident please take a few minutes and complete this form.

If you were afraid to register an incident because of having your operation inspected by zealous regulators, or thought that registering an official incident would be a waste of time, please reconsider and complete this form from The Center For Food Safety.

It is very important for EPA to recognize that some beekeepers simply ‘take’ pesticide hits rather than placing their operations further in harm’s way from perceived destructive or  biased regulators.

Thanks for taking the time to potentially reduce pesticide exposure for your operation.

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


Beekeeper: We Need Bees, Don't Spray Them (Colorado) Article and Video on Swarms  June 1, 2012

(This excellent article and video on bee removal is from Colorado. Please note: bees in Southern California may be more agressive (Africanized) bees but the information is still relevant. For bee removals here in Los Angeles County see our Swarm Removal page on this website.) 

Many people say they would run away, or pick up a can of pesticide if they saw a swarm of bees.

But beekeepers are asking you to let them be, and give them a call before you spray.

They say the bees are important for the survival of the bee population and in turn keep food on our tables.

This time of year is when we start seeing more swarms of bees collecting around houses, businesses, or on fences. Read more and view video... 


Bee Venom Acupuncture Helps Treat Parkinson's Disease

Apitherapy News  May 31, 2012

This study aimed to explore the effectiveness of both acupuncture and bee venom acupuncture as adjuvant therapies for idiopathic Parkinson's disease.We recruited 43 adults with idiopathic Parkinson's disease who had been on a stable dose of antiparkinsonian medication for at least 1 month. They were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 groups: acupuncture, bee venom acupuncture, or control. All participants were assessed using the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale, the Parkinson's Disease Quality of Life Questionnaire, the Beck Depression Inventory, the Berg Balance Scale, and the time and number of steps required to walk 30 m. Treatment groups underwent stimulation of 10 acupuncture points using acupuncture or bee venom acupuncture twice a week for 8 weeks. The initial assessment was repeated at the completion of treatment. The control group did not receive any treatment.  Read more...   May 24, 2012

Effectiveness of acupuncture and bee venom acupuncture in idiopathic Parkinson's disease


This study aimed to explore the effectiveness of both acupuncture and bee venom acupuncture as adjuvant therapies for idiopathic Parkinson's disease. Read more: 


Missouri Woman says Bee Venom Therapy Helped Treat MS

Apitherapy News  June 1, 2012

A Woman on the Move, A Woman of Courage

One of the first things Farrell learned about MS is that it doesn’t typically affect the longevity of your life, but it will affect your quality.With no traditional treatment known for her form of MS, Farrell turned to alternative treatments, including bee venom injections or “stings,” which she did from 1997 to 2009.

“I had 15 stings every other day,” said Farrell. “It was very painful.”She had heard of the treatment on an episode of the TV show “Unsolved Mysteries.” Read more...

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