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This is the official website for the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association, established in 1873. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.


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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, November 6, 2017. Meeting: 7PM. Open Board Meeting: 6:30PM.

LACBA Beekeeping Class 101:
 We had our final LACBA Beekeeping Class 101 for the 2017 season. Please check back in January 2018 for info re our 2018 season. For info on our classes see: Beekeeping Class 101.

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



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Mite-A-Thon has Begun!


By The Bee Informed Team   BLOG  September 9, 2017

Mite-A-Thon, the first ever national event to capture and collect Varroa mite infestations in North America has started! Please dust off your sugar shake jars, grab some powdered sugar and join us in the colonies starting today and lasting until September 16th (we hope you continue to monitor your colonies beyond this drive as is always open and your data is always welcome).

Add your data to this map and make it light up! Look at the data and see what management practices are being used around the country. If you have questions about what management or treatment strategy you should use, please see this valuable Varroa guide from the Honey Bee Health Coalition.

MiteCheck National Map (found at

If you don’t have a sugar roll jar, please see our previous BIP blog on how to make one and then how to administer a sugar roll test. Read more about sugar roll tests in general and for ways to interpret your data, please read another BIP blog here.

There are still time to purchase ready-made MiteCheck kits (everything you need in 1 bucket!). Please think about buying one from these bee supply houses, Brushy Mountain Bee Farm and Mann Lake.

Please get out, enjoy the wonderful fall weather and contribute to a HUGE citizen science project. You’ll learn how healthy your bees are heading into winter and you’ll make a difference in this valuable research effort. We thank you. Fight the mites.


Happy Labor Day

Historical Honeybee Articles - Beekeeping History

Sept. 4 - Labor Day (USA, Australia, Canada)
May 1 - International Workers Day 
(Russia and Asian Countries)
For centuries the image of a beehive was used to represent labour and industry. ~Follow:
Historical Honeybee Articles - Beekeeping History

circa. 1780 Beehives representing industry under a protective roof outside a blacksmith's shop. From Bowles's Moral Pictures: or Poor Richards Almanack Illustrated.

The inscription says:
'He that hath a trade hath an estate. At the working man;s house hunger looks in, but dares not enter. Industry pays debts. while despair increases them.' -Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard Improved, 1758

The Poor Richards Almanack was founded by Ben Franklin in 1732 under the name of Richard Saunders; he continued to publish it for about 25 years. Combining entertainment, moral instruction and practical information, Poor Richard's Almanack proved both popular and profitable, and as the existence of this print attests, many of Franklin's maxims were passed down to later generations as sage advice for young people and are now classic Americana.


Fine Art America…/8-poor-richard-illustrated-gran…

Wiki - Poor Richards Almanack

American Treasures Library of Congress

Ursus Books


KTLA5's Chris Burrous Visits the Bee Booth Opening Day at the LA County Fair

KTLA5 Morning News with Chris Burrous  September 1, 2017

It's Opening Day at the LA County Fair and Chris Burrous (KTLA5 Morning News) buzzed by the Bee Booth to have a fun chat about bees with Clyde Steese of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association. 

Come by the Bee Booth and learn about bees, beekeeping, honey, and what the bees have to teach us. Experienced beekeepers from the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association and the Beekeepers Association of Southern California will be on hand and love talking about bees.

Find the queen! Witness the Waggle Dance! Pick up some delicious local raw honey from local beekeepers! 

(Thank you to fellow beekeepers, Jason Ball (KTLA5), for this opportunity to get the word out about honey bees and the Bee Booth at the LA County Fair.)


LA County Fair Opens Labor Day Weekend - See you at the Bee Booth!

Pomona Fairgrounds
(The Bee Booth is across from the 'Big Red Barn')
1101 West McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768

Fair Opens Labor Day Weekend (Fri-Mon)
Fair Runs September 1-24, 2017 (Wed-Sun)

For more information buzz over to our Los Angeles County Fair Bee Booth Page.