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

Next LACBA Beekeeping Class 101:
Sunday, July 15, 2018, 9AM-Noon at The Valley Hive. BEE SUITS REQUIRED!

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Bee Pollen Supplements Can Cause Anaphlylactic Reactions

From: The American Bee Journal Extra  May 22, 2012

Although many people take bee pollen as a health supplement, it can cause severe anaphylactic reactions. However, most people are unaware of the risks, states an article published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

A case study in the journal illuminates the possible hazards of ingesting bee pollen. A 30-year-old woman with seasonal allergies but no history of allergies to food, drugs, insects or latex had an anaphylactic reaction after taking bee pollen. She had swelling of the eyelids, lips and throat, difficulty swallowing, hives and other life-threatening symptoms. After emergency treatment and discontinuation of the bee pollen supplements, there were no further reactions.

"Anaphylaxis associated with the consumption of bee pollen has been reported in the literature, but many people remain unaware of this potential hazard," write Dr. Amanda Jagdis, University of British Columbia, and Dr. Gordon Sussman, St. Michael's Hospital and the University of Toronto.

Anaphylactic reactions after ingesting bee pollen have been reported in people with no history of allergies or only seasonal allergies. In a Greek study in which atopic participants underwent skin tests for reactions to bee pollen, 73% (of 145 patients) had positive skin test reactions to one or more types of bee pollen extracts.

"Health care providers should be aware of the potential for reaction, and patients with pollen allergy should be advised of the potential risk when consuming these products — it is not known who will have an allergic reaction upon ingesting bee pollen," conclude the authors.

(The above posted with permission from the American Bee Journal.) 

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An Uncommon Bee

By Kathy Keatley Garvey (Bug Squad-Happenings in the insect world) May 21, 2012 

Sometimes you get lucky.

While watching floral visitors foraging last week in our rock purslane (Calandrinia grandiflora), we noticed a tiny black bee, something we'd never seen before.

Native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, emeritus professor of entomology at the UC Davis Department of Entomology, identified it as a female leafcutting bee, Megachile gemula, "which has an all-black...

Photo by: Kathy Keatley Garvey

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A Time Sensitive Survey on Bees and Pesticides- Your Input is Vital!

(Note: We originally posted a request to participate in this Survey on April 26th. This is additional information on the Survey. If you have not taken the Survey, please consider doing so. Thank you!") Link to Survey: Link to Website:

Dear Mr. Steese and Members of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association,

My name is Sandra Bustos, I am research assistant at Pesticide
Research Institute and we are working with beekeepers from around the
country to look at some of the effects of pesticides on beehive
health. At the moment, we are looking at the immediate effects that
pesticides may have on beehives, and are trying to understand if there
are particular crops that pose higher risks for exposure. We are
requesting that you help us by distributing a survey on
pesticide-related bill kills to beekeepers in your association and

This survey was developed by beekeepers to gather information that
will be used by the US EPA Pesticide Program Dialog Committee (PPDC),
Pollinator Protection Workgroup. The overarching goal is to determine
whether specific crops pose greater or lesser hazards to bees. This
will help the Committee provide recommendations to the EPA to better
protect honey bees from pesticides. Most of the questions focus on
acute bee kills caused by high doses of pesticides, including
insecticides, fungicides and herbicides. When deciding what
constitutes an acute bee kill please consider only events in which
your bees were exposed to high levels of pesticides, and died soon
thereafter. One question at the end asks about hive dwindling and/or
loss over time that might be related to pesticide exposure. You, as a
beekeeper, have valuable experience working with your bees that will
help provide on-the-ground information to improve pesticide regulation
to protect pollinators. We are grateful for your participation in this

We will accept survey submissions through the end of May but encourage
that you submit survey as soon as possible. Additionally, we want to
emphasize that surveys from all beekeepers, regardless of whether the
beekeeper has experienced pesticide-related bee kills will be very
helpful. The areas in which bees are safe from pesticides are
important to identify as well. The information you provide is
anonymous and will be grouped with other beekeepers' data, so you will
not specifically be identified. If you would like a copy of the survey
results, there is a box at the end of the survey to enter your email
address. This information will be removed prior to submission of the
data to US EPA.

Help by taking the survey now .

Please distribute the survey widely to any and all beekeepers: commercial beekeepers with thousands of hives or hobbyists with a single hive.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Darren Cox
Cox Honeyland
Susan Kegley
Pesticide Research Institute

Thank you for your consideration,
Sandra Bustos
Pesticide Research Institute
2768 Shasta Rd.
Berkeley, CA 94708

Phone: (510) 759-9397
Fax: (510) 848-5271


A Pomegranate Kind of Day

By Kathy Keatley Garvey (Bug Squad-Happenings in the insect world) May 17, 2012 

It was a pomegranate kind of day. Red, bright and wonderful.

The papery-thin reddish blossoms in our yard draw both beneficial and pestiferous insects. Honey bees are there for the pollen and nectar; ladybugs are there for the pesky aphids. Occasionally we see another pest, the spotted cucumber beetle (which prefers cucurbits).

The pomegranate, an ancient fruit native to Persia (what is now Iran), is a long-lived tree. Indeed, some pomegranate trees in Europe are more than 200 years old.  One in our yard spans 85 years.  

Spanish settlers introduced the pomegranate into California in 1769, and today, the state leads the nation in the production of pomegranates. Agricultural statistics show that in 2010, California's San Joaquin Valley alone blossomed with an estimated 22,000 acres of pomegranates. That's about 200 trees per acre.

One of the primary pomegranate varieties is "Wonderful." The honey bees and ladybugs think so, too!  

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Bees and Pesticides: State of the Science

Pesticide Action Network 

This week PAN released Honey Bees and Pesticides: State of the Science[PDF] a 22-page report on the factors behind colony collapse disorder (CCD) with a sustained focus on the particular role of pesticides. 

By collecting and presenting the findings of dozens of peer-reviewed scientific studies — including a series of damning studies published in the last year — we hope to provide concerned citizens and decisionmakers alike with a point of reference in the heated public debate over what is causing our pollinators to die off at unprecedented rates. All of the studies presented are annotated and most are linked so readers can explore the state of the science for themselves.

The science linking pesticides and CCD is complex, but it is not unclear.

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