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


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Bill's Bees
Holly Hawk 626-807-0572
The Valley Hive 


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!

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



The National Academies of Science

From LACBA Secretary, Stacy McKenna & thanks to LACBA Member, Juan Vicente for the link!!!

The National Academies of Science make their publications available (many free f!)or PDF download) at a quick search for "honey bee" will turn up a fascinating area of studies in various categories. Clicking through to the individual titles will also sometimes include links to related podcasts/recordings. (Searching just for BEE will include a variety of energy related topics thanks to the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems). In addition to the books listed on the left, the "National Academies Search Results" box on the right will link to pertinent blog articles, legislation/testimony, etc. Take a look to see what kinds of research your tax dollars are helping fund - they're making it accessible.


In Midwest, Monarch Butterflies May Be Fewer

By Andrew Pollace (New York Times/Science) 7/11/11

As recently as a decade ago, farms in the Midwest were commonly marred — at least as a farmer would view it — by unruly patches of milkweed amid the neat rows of emerging corn or soybeans.

Not anymore. Fields are now planted with genetically modified corn and soybeans resistant to the herbicide Roundup, allowing farmers to spray the chemical to eradicate weeds, including milkweed.

And while that sounds like good news for the farmers, a growing number of scientists fear it is imperiling the monarch butterfly, whose spectacular migrations make it one of the most beloved of insects — “the Bambi of the insect world,” as an entomologist once put it.

Monarchs lay their eggs on milkweed, and their larvae eat it. While the evidence is still preliminary and disputed, experts like Chip Taylor say the growing use of genetically modified crops is threatening the orange-and-black butterfly by depriving it of habitat.

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Corn Seed Pesticide Kills Bees

By Alan Harman  (1/6/12)

Corn Seed Treatment As Lethal As It Gets For Honey Bees All Season Long, And Long After The Season Has Gone. It Just Keeps On Killing.

Frightening new research shows honey bees are being exposed to deadly neonicotinoid insecticides and several other agricultural pesticides throughout their foraging period. The research, published in the scientific journal PLoS One says extremely high levels of clothianidin and thiamethoxam were found in planter exhaust material produced during the planting of treated maize seed. The work, which could raise new questions about the long-term survival of the honey bee, was conducted by Christian H. Krupke of the Department of Entomology at Purdue University, Brian D. Eitzer of the Department of Analytical Chemistry at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station and Krispn Given of Purdue.

Neonicotinoids  were found in the soil of each field we sampled, including  unplanted fields, they report. Dandelions visited by foraging bees growing near these fields were found to contain neonicotinoids as well. “This indicates deposition of neonicotinoids on the flowers, uptake by the root system, or both,” the report says. “Dead bees collected near hive entrances during the spring sampling period were found to contain clothianidin as well.” Read more:



Zombie Flies Invade the Central Coast

By Rachel Ramirez  1/5/12  Central Coast News

Prunedale, Calif. - This may sound a little nutty, but "zombie" attacks are spreading from the Bay Area to the Central Coast.

A parasitic scuttle fly, dubbed as a "zombie fly," is attacking honeybees and taking over their body like a zombie before a slow death.

Prunedale beekeeper Ron Flint has been rescuing and caring for bees for three years.  

But upon the new year, he started noticing some odd behavior.

"New Years day I was barbequing. I had flood lights on and the bees were bouncing off the flood lights," said Flint.

Flying towards the light, abandoning the beehive, falling over and crawling in circles are all symptoms of a "zombie-like" parasite attack. Read more:


Deadly Parasite Turns Honey Bees Into Zombies

Mercury News    (1/03/12)

Is it a trailer for a horror flick? Or is the parasite the reason for the devastating honey bee population drop in recent years? Scientists believe they have found a parasite that causes honey bees to abandon their hives, lose their sense of reality, and rush towards bright lights in a suicidal frenzy.

The new study by San Francisco State University researchers has discovered this anomaly that causes bees to become zombie-like. Biology professor John Hafernick, lead investigator and president of the California Academy of Sciences states that tiny flies have deposited eggs into the bees’ abdomen. In a “drunken stupor” the honey bees walk in circles, lose their sense of direction and their legs become paralyzed.

Hafernick stated, “They (the infected bees) kept stretching them (their legs) out and then fell over.. It really painted a picture of something like a zombie.” Read more: