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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!

Check out our Facebook page for lots of info and updates on bees; and please remember to LIKE US: 



New Methods to Reduce Allergens in Propolis

Apitherapy News (June 15, 2012)

Biotransformation Strategy to Reduce Allergens in Propolis Appl. Environ. Microbiol, July 2012 vol. 78 no. 13 4654-4658Propolis (bee glue) is a resinous, sticky, dark-colored material produced by honeybees. Propolis today, due to its medicinal properties, is increasingly popular and is extensively used in food, beverages, and cosmetic products.Besides its numerous positive properties, propolis may also have adverse effects, such as, principally, allergic eczematous contact dermatitis in apiarists and in consumers with an allergic predisposition. Read more...


UC Davis Department of Entomology - May/June Apiary Newsletter

From Dr. Eric Mussen, Apiculturist and Editor, U.C. Apiaries, University of California, May/June Apiary Newsletter  

Topics include: Neonic and Bees, Imidacloprid - Citrus, Eur. Grapevine Moth, CA Pesticide Use Reports, CA Pesticide Notices of Intent, Additional Pesticide Surveys, Epigenetics of Terramycin, Native Bee Publication, Hedgerows and Bees 

With the permission of Dr. Eric Mussen, we have a attached the UC Davis Department of Entomology May/June Apiary Newsletter

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Saving the Bumble Bees

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

It's sad to see and say, but like honey bees, the bumble bee population is declining, and that decline is alarming. Public awareness can help turn this around.

That's why we're glad to see that the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, based in Portland, Ore., has just published a free downloadable booklet titled Conserving Bumble Bees:


Visit the Kathy Keatley Garvey Bug Squad blog at:

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UCD Worker Wins Award for Rare Photo of Bee Sting in Action

By Andrea Gallo (Sacramento Bee) June 14, 2012 

A rare photograph of a honeybee stinging a man, with its abdominal tissue trailing behind, was more than 100 years in the making.

UC Davis communications specialist Kathy Keatley Garvey in the Department of Entomology said she has taken at least 1 million photos of honeybees in her lifetime, but this snapshot won the first-place gold feature photo award in an Association for Communication Excellence competition. The international organization includes communicators, educators and information technologists.

Garvey has bees in her blood: As dairy farmers,her father and grandfather kept bees to pollinate their orchards. She said bees have been in her family since around 1850. Read more...

Also see the UC Davis Apiculture Newsletter (Mar-Apr 2012)


Share the Buzz and Protect the Honey Bees


Honey bees and other pollinators are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat, yet US honey bee colonies are declining at an annual rate of 30% or more. Any way you look at it, that’s an unsustainable equation for a reliable food supply.

As an industry leader in natural and organic foods, Whole Foods Market® is passionate about raising honey bee awareness, taking action and helping our communities “bee the solution.”


Whole Foods Market® invites shoppers to “Bee Part of the Solution”

AUSTIN, Texas (June 13, 2012) – The honey bee may be small, but it plays a mighty role in pollinating more than 100 fruit and vegetable crops across the world.  With massive declines in honey bee populations, biodiversity and the future of our agriculture system and gardens are all being threatened. 

“Bees pollinate a third of our diet, yet they’re literally vanishing from their hives,” says Cheryl Galway, marketing director for Whole Foods Market’s South region. “Many people have no idea that honey bees play an essential role in our agricultural system. By raising awareness of the issue we hope to motivate people to take action and share many ways they can be a part of the solution.”