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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

There will not be an LACBA Meeting or Beekeeping Class 101 in September. From September 2-25, members of the LACBA will be volunteering at the LA County Fair Bee Booth. Come join us!

Next LACBA Meeting:  No meeting in September. Next LACBA meeting is Monday, October 3, 2016. Open: 6:45P.M./Start: 7:00P.M.  
 

Beekeeping Class 101:
  No class in September. Next class, Sunday, October 16, at Bill's Bees Bee Yard 9AM-Noon. All are Welcome! 

Check out our Facebook page for lots of info and updates on bees; and please remember to LIKE US: https://www.facebook.com/losangelesbeekeeping 

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Monday
Sep262016

A Look Into the Cell: There's a Lot More to Honey Storage Than You Thought

PlosOne     By Michael Eyer, Peter Neumann, Vincent Dietemann     August 28, 2016

Abstract

Honey bees, Apis species, obtain carbohydrates from nectar and honeydew. These resources are ripened into honey in wax cells that are capped for long-term storage. These stores are used to overcome dearth periods when foraging is not possible. Despite the economic and ecological importance of honey, little is known about the processes of its production by workers. Here, we monitored the usage of storage cells and the ripening process of honey in free-flying Amelliferacolonies. We provided the colonies with solutions of different sugar concentrations to reflect the natural influx of nectar with varying quality. Since the amount of carbohydrates in a solution affects its density, we used computer tomography to measure the sugar concentration of cell content over time. The data show the occurrence of two cohorts of cells with different provisioning and ripening dynamics. The relocation of the content of many cells before final storage was part of the ripening process, because sugar concentration of the content removed was lower than that of content deposited. The results confirm the mixing of solutions of different concentrations in cells and show that honey is an inhomogeneous matrix. The last stage of ripening occurred when cell capping had already started, indicating a race against water absorption. The storage and ripening processes as well as resource use were context dependent because their dynamics changed with sugar concentration of the food. Our results support hypotheses regarding honey production proposed in earlier studies and provide new insights into the mechanisms involved.

For the rest of this Plos One article, click HERE

Monday
Sep262016

Bumblebee Skilled at "buzz pollination" May Soon Join the Endangered Species

The Los Angeles Times    By Jessica Roy   September 22, 2016

A rusty patched bumblebee collects pollen from a flower. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has formally recommended the bee species for endangered status. (Rich Hatfield/Xerces Society)A type of bumblebee native to North America may soon be named to the endangered species list. It would be the first bee species to be considered endangered in the United States.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday formally proposed that the Bombus affinis, or rusty patched bumblebee, be listed as endangered under the guidelines of the Endangered Species Act.

"As pollinators, rusty patched bumblebees contribute to our food security and the healthy functioning of our ecosystems," the Fish and Wildlife Service said in a statement. The federal agency estimates that native insect species, particularly bees, contribute $3 billion in economic value annually in the United States. Because of a specialized pollen-shedding movement called "buzz pollination," bumblebee species are better at pollinating some crops than honeybees.

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation filed a formal petition in 2013 seeking to place the rusty patched bumblebee on the endangered list. According to the conservation organization, the species' population has declined 87% in recent years.

Another Xerces Society petition on Change.org has garnered more than 128,000 signatures this year alone.

Rusty patched bumblebees contribute to our food security and the healthy functioning of our ecosystems.— U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The bees’ decline can be attributed to habitat loss, climate changedisease, farming andpesticides, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service.

The rusty patched bumblebee — so named for a distinctive colored patch on the abdomens of worker bees — is particularly apt at pollinating cranberries, plums, alfalfa, onion seed and apples. Its life cycle begins earlier in spring and extends later into the fall than most other types of bumblebees.

The species used to be found across at least 26 states in the Midwest and Northeast; in recent years, sightings have shrunk to just a few states, the Xerces Society reported.

Per the rules of the Endangered Species Act, the next step is a 60-day period in which members of the public, scientists and government agencies can submit expert opinions and other input. Comments may be submitted online until Nov. 21. 

After that, the Fish and Wildlife Service will announce its decision. 

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-bumble-bees-endangered-20160922-snap-story.html

Wednesday
Sep212016

LA County Fair Bee Booth - Closing Weekend

THE BEE BOOTH AT THE
LOS ANGELES COUNTY FAIR  
Pomona Fairgrounds
(Across from the 'Big Red Barn')
1101 West McKinley Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768  
http://www.lacountyfair.com/
September 2-25, 2016

LACF is one of the largest county fairs in the country and the most-visited event in the Los Angeles region in September – an end-of-summer tradition for many.


This year we welcome Tabitha Mansker, 2016 American Honey Princess, who will be our guest at the Bee Booth from September 19-25. Tabitha is in the final stop of her National Honey Month Tour. She will be speaking to fairgoers about the importance of honeybees to the public's daily lives. 

Tabitha is from Nevada, TX where she helps manage her family's 16 hives (so she knows a lot about bees). She helps in the honey extracting for many commercial beekeepers. 

As the 2016 American Honey Princess, Tabitha serves as a national spokesperson on behalf of the American Beekeeping Federation, a trade organization representing beekeepers and honey producers throughout the United States. 

Honeybees are responsible for nearly 1/3 of our entire diet in regards to the pollination services they provide for a large majority of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes. 

Come meet the American Honey Princess. She's looking forward to meeting you and 'talking about bees'.  

Gather round our fabulous HONEY BEE OBSERVATION HIVE. See if you can FIND THE QUEEN! Let us spark your interest in honey bees, their amazing lifestyle and social structure, how they help feed the world, how they have survived for millions of years, and learn what you can do to help the bees.  On view is the beautiful honey bee photography by international photojournalist & bee photographer Kodua Galieti http://www.koduaphotography.com/ 

 

NOTE to all LACBA Members: Come help educate your community, meet your fellow beekeepers, and maybe even learn something new yourself! This is a great opportunity to share what you've learned in Beekeeping Class 101. We guarantee you won't be bored. And we could use your help! Please contact Cindy Caldera at 323-243-0756 or email Cindy at cynthia.alvarado56@yahoo.com.

"The Fair Sign-ups are available for LACBA and BASC members at Volunteer Spot. You should have received an email from them on Cyndi’s behalf, asking you to sign up for the fair. If Volunteer Spot doesn’t recognize your email, please get in touch with Cyndi Caldera via email at cynthia.alvarado56@yahoo.com to have yourself added so you can sign up. If you need help to sign up please call Cyndi: (323) 243-0756.  Thank you!

Tuesday
Sep202016

Fantastic Fungi: The Spirit of Good - Mushroom Mycelium

Filmmakers set up cameras in this forest and captured the most amazing scene. This is an excerpt from the 3D documentary feature about Paul Stamets, renowned mycologist, author and visionary, on how mushrooms can save the world.  A Film by Louie Schwartzberg.

Monday
Sep192016

Land Use Changes Threaten 40% of U.S. Commercial Bees

BEE CULTURE - CATCH THE BUZZ   By Alan Harman  September 4, 2016

The heart of the American commercial honey bee industry is under threat from land use changes.

A U.S. Geological Survey study says the Northern Great Plains of North and South Dakota – which support more than 40% of U.S. commercial honey bee colonies, are quickly becoming less conducive to commercial beekeeping as a result of land-use changes.

The USGS scientists found that landscape features favored by beekeepers for honey bee colony and apiary locations are decreasing in the region, and crops actively avoided by beekeepers, such as corn and soybeans, are becoming more common in areas with higher apiary density.

The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, says areas that showed high levels of grassland loss and high apiary density are mostly in central and southern North Dakota and the eastern half of South Dakota.

Lead author Clint Otto, a scientist at the USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, says insect pollinators are critically important for maintaining global food production and ecosystem health.

The USGS scientists investigated changes in biofuel crop production, including corn and soybeans, and grassland cover surrounding about 18,000 registered commercial apiaries in the Dakotas from 2006-2014.

The results show a continual increase in biofuel crops totaling almost three million acres, around apiaries mainly located in the Prairie Pothole Region of the Dakotas. These crops were avoided by commercial beekeepers when selecting apiary sites in the region.

The researchers say that conversion of pasture, conservation grasslands and bee-friendly cultivated crops to biofuel crops likely impact both managed and wild pollinators because it reduces forage availability and increases the use of chemicals that negatively affect pollinators and their ecosystem services.

“Our study identifies areas within the Northern Great Plains that managers can target for honey bee habitat conservation,” Otto said.

Most of the commercial honey bee colonies that spend the summer in the Dakotas provide pollination services for crops such as almonds, melons, apples and cherries elsewhere in the U.S.

The USGS study says the Northern Great Plains have served as an unofficial refuge for commercial beekeepers because of their abundance of uncultivated pasture and rangelands, and cultivated agricultural crops such as alfalfa, sunflower and canola that provided forage for bees.

http://www.beeculture.com/catch-buzz-land-use-changes-threaten-40-u-s-commercial-bees/?utm_source=Catch+The+Buzz&utm_campaign=584554a96c-Catch_The_Buzz_4_29_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0272f190ab-584554a96c-256242233