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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, March 5, 2018. General Meeting: 7PM. Open Board Meeting: 6:30PM.  

LACBA Beekeeping Class 101:
3rd Sunday of the month beginning February 18, 2018, 9AM-Noon at The Valley Hive.

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



Happy New Year!

New Years Eve advice from;
Historical Honeybee Articles - Beekeeping History
Honey For Your New Years Celebration. 

According to the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke, honey speeds up alcohol metabolism, which means that it will help your body break down the alcohol more quickly. - Source: What Women Need to Know - 2005, page 14, By Marianne Legato, Carol Colman

Eating toast and honey after a long evening's drinking will help prevent the morning-after hangover headache. -Source: Better Homes and Gardens - 1977, page 61


LACBA Meeting: Monday, January 8, 2018


Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!
Image: American Bee Journal, December, 1944
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Via. Historical Honeybee Articles - Beekeeping History

circa. 1903 - Christmas Folklore in the Ozarks

At the birth of Christ on Christmas eve, the bees are said to stir in their hives and hum a great song of praise, but one must not disturb them, for, as they are careful not to intrude upon the celebrations of mankind, so man must not interfere with their celebration of the birth of the Christ child. Bees hummed the Old Hundredth Psalm at midnight. Several hives set together sent a satisfying praise booming far across the garden. 

The cattle in the byres joined the bees celebration of Christmas by turning to the east at midnight in imitation of the beasts at Bethlehem. Some believed they could also speak on this night and would bellow their adoration, but tradition was held that the animals must never be disturbed during the eve of Christmas. 

Some skeptics did not head the warnings. One Ozarks man closely watched his father's oxen but his father insisted that human observer broke the spell. Guernsey farmers provided extra hay but never dared to loiter to see it eaten. One did test his courage but the cowshed door slammed shut, he dropped dead and no one repeated the experiment. A Nova Scotia farmer heard his cattle say: "Tomorrow we'll be drawing wood to make our master's coffin." The shocked farmer dropped dead on the spot, and as late as 1928 no one on this farm went near the cattle on Christmas Eve. They were fed in the afternoon.

Encyclopedia of Superstitions, Folklore,
and the Occult Sciences of the World (1903)
edited by Cora Linn Morrison Daniels, Charles McClellan Stevens
Page 1506

Discovering Christmas customs and folklore: 
a guide to seasonal rites - Page 25 
Margaret Baker - 1992


LACBA Golden Hive Tool Award Presented to The Mussenden Family

The 2017 Golden Hive Tool Award
was presented to
The Mussenden Family
at our 2017 LACBA Annual Holiday Banquet
December 4, 2017

The Golden Hive Tool Award is our president’s choice of someone who has shown great dedication to the club and thereby improves peoples’ experience with beekeeping. This tradition was started by past president of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association, Clyde Steese, to honor a beekeeper in our association that has gone above and beyond in volunteering for the LACBA and who embodies the spirit of promoting the love of honeybees amongst other beekeepers and the community.

“It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”

Harry Truman, our 33rd President of the United States said this, and this year’s Golden Hive Tool Award recipient personifies that very concept.  Credit isn’t sought.  But the opportunity to be helpful, to be useful, is indeed the mantra for this candidate. 

Over the last three years, take a look at the variety of events hosted by the LACBA or related to its members.  Perhaps consider printing out this daunting list and posting it on the wall.  Wrap a blindfold over your eyes and arm yourself with an assortment of darts.  Let them fly, and you are very unlikely to hit anywhere that you wouldn’t see this recipient:

Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Beekeeping Class 101
Honey Harvest Festival in Fillmore
Los Angeles County Fair Bee Booth (for consecutive years)
The Valley Hive Honey Competition and Grand Reopening
“Wild For the Plant Day” at the L.A Zoo

It’s conceivably easier to attempt to consider where they haven’t helped.  But then again, in recent years, I quite literally could not find such an instance.

And it’s not just any help.  But the best help.  Here are some of the quotes from those who have worked with this candidate.

“The commitment to the bee club is extraordinary.”

“When everything seems lost, they always seem to show up and save the day.  It’s uncanny, and eerily consistent.”

“Amazing.  Dedicated. Talented. Consistent: Just a few adjectives I would use.”

The Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association is grateful to The Mussenden Family for their dedication to our association, to other beekeepers, and most of all, for their service to the bees.

The Los Angeles Beekeepers Association Golden Hive Tool Award was presented to The Mussenden Family by Jon Reese, incoming 2018 President of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association.


LACBA 2017 Annual Holiday Banquet - A Great Time!

The Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Annual Holiday Banquet was held December 4, 2017 at the beautiful Pickwick Gardens in Burbank, CA. Our wonderful dinner was prepared by own Doug Noland of Outback Catering.

Throughout the year, members of the LACBA volunteer our time, energy and expertise on behalf of honey bees. Whether its working the Bee Booth at the LA County Fair, providing beekeeping classes, presentations at AGDayLA and various events, educational outreach for schools and organizations, or providing information via this website and our Facebook page, it is our honor, priviledge, and responsibility to provide education to the beekeeping community and the general public about honey bees. What makes up a honey bee, where they originated, how they got to this country, how they function, communicate, gather nectar and make honey, how they pollinate our crops for our survival - Just ask a beekeeper! The funds we raise through our endeavors go to organizations on the forefront of honey bee research.

Thank you to all who worked together to make this a lovely evening of fellowship, friendship, great food, and lively conversation (bee stories, of course)!