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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: 



More Than Pesticides Are Killing Bees

From CATCH THE BUZZ by Kim Flottum (Bee Culture Magazine) 5/7/12

Hanna Nordhaus wrote a book recently detailing the life and times of John Miller, a commercial beekeeper who spends time in California and North Dakota. It took her over a year to gather the information she needed for the book…the whole beekeeping cycle the Millers spend each year, back and forth…and during that time she gleaned much about the beekeeping industry, the science and the business of honey bees, and a bit about the lives of those who move from here to there with bees on the truck. She writes a blog for boingboing, and I stumbled across it just today. It was published a week or so ago here. And, you can find out much more about her book Beekeeper’s Lament, reviewed in Bee Culture by Gary Shilling recently, here.

We send this detailed and somewhat lengthy piece out on the BUZZ because it is a reasonable voice in the cacophony of noise recently raised to damn all pesticides, and some in particular. Of course pesticides and honey bees are not meant for each other. But there is more to the story, more that needs to be done before we banish these materials forevermore. The science that has recently been published has been flawed and biased say some. Worse, say others, it had an agenda. The voices of both sides of this debate are linked here so you can read for yourself the arguments for and against. Randy Oliver offers a tidal wave of evidence not against pesticides, but aimed squarely at the techniques used to reach the conclusions to which these papers sunk to get their wrongful end and I urge you to read his comments on his web page. Sadly, the author as declined to comment on Mr. Oliver's querys. 

Moreover, the prestigious IBRA also reaches the same conclusions, conclusions published in Bee Culture several months ago…that there are more wrongs in the world of honey bees than simply pesticides. Many more wrongs, and all should be fixed.

Kim Flottum 

Here then are Hanna Nordhaus’ thoughts... Read more:

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


Buzzings! LACBA Newsletter

Buzzings! LACBA Newsletter from our April meeting is now ready for your reading enjoyment. Thank you to LACBA Secretary, Stacy McKenna, on a wonderful job. There's lots of great information on such topics as California's truth in labeling act, the 1st Annual California Honey Festival in Ventura County, and an awesome report by LACBA president, Clyde Steese, on products from the hive. 



AGdayLA: May 17, 2012 - Thursday (One Day Only) 9:30am - 1pm

The Pomona Fairgrounds (The BIG RED BARN)
1101 West McKinley Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768 

Members of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association will participate in this event educating 3rd & 4th graders about honeybees and their importance in pollination of crops and how the entire food chain is impacted by honeybees.  


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. 

Read more:

Scientists answer questions from Glacier National Park, MT!