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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, May 1, 2017. Meeting: 7PM. Open Board Meeting: 6PM.

LACBA Beekeeping Class 101:
 Class #3, Saturday, May 13, 2017, 9AM-Noon, hosted at The Valley Hive. See our Beekeeping Class 101 page for details & directions. BEE SUITS REQUIRED.

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



LACBA Meeting: Monday, May 1, 2017

Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association Monthly Meeting
Date: Monday, May 1, 2017

Meeting: 7:00PM
Agenda: Voting to install a new secretary!

Open Board Meeting: 6:00PM
- Candidates for new Secretary
- Centralized contact point for educational materials - volunteers?
- Reimburse mileage for educational volunteers?

Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 3561 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta, CA 91214


Honey Bees “A Gift From Them, to Us”

Honey Bees
“A Gift From Them, to Us.”

April 2, 2017
By: Emma A. Ramirez

At La Comunidad de Niños Unidos

Jim, a neighbor and member of the community, is a Bee Keeper who was invited to our school to share his knowledge about bees. He was prepared with plenty of pictures and fruit to share with the children. The children were aware that Jim the Bee Keeper would be coming to the Community school and prepared a few questions prior to the presentation. As Jim walked in, Kaicee greeted him “Good morning Jim!” The children sat and were eager to listen to what Jim had to say. They were mesmerized with the pictures of bees and became more curious. He was full of valuable and interesting information. Theorist Lev Vygotsky stresses the importance of scaffolding the children’s behavior. In this case Jim was scaffolding and supporting the children in how to respect and not be afraid of bees. Being exposed to such experiences is extremely vital in the future of our children and our earth. It is important for them to make a connection with nature and appreciate it. Although connecting to nature was a key point in this presentation, the connection they made with Jim was crucial. The children now have a known resource in their own community to continue learning from.  During our presentation we learned how hard bees work to produce honey and how they must work as a team to complete each ones tasks. Just like the bees, our community will continue to work together, help each other and learn from one another.

(Note: Jim Honodel is a beekeeper and member of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association. Thank you, Emma, for this lovely remembrance of a fun day talking about bees.)


ABF E-Buzz April 2017

Check out the ABF E-Buzz for April 2017. Lot's of great bee info. including:

Bee Educated:
ABF's Webinar Series "Conversation with a Beekeeper" Continues

Upcoming Session:

Bee Forage Cover Crops in Orchard Systems

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 6:00 p.m. MT / 5:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. AKST / 2:00 p.m. HST

Billy Synk, Director of Pollination Programs at Project Apis m


2 Bee Informed Surveys - Deadline April 30, 2017

April 24, 2017

Dear Beekeeper:
We need your help. Please take 30 minutes out of your busy day to complete these two surveys. Both surveys are only open from 1 April through 30 April 2017.

Please click on the link below or paste it into your browser to participate in the National Loss and Management Survey:
The online survey is live now and will close on April 30th. PLEASE do not complete the survey more than once. Information about past Colony Loss and Management Surveys and the annual reports can be found online at

We are excited to share our dynamic state map where you can view state losses from all years of the survey.  Please view this at: At that site, you will see annual, winter and summer losses as well as the number of participants and colony numbers for your state. Dynamic management reports that have resulted from previous years’ surveys can now be found at This exciting data management explorer lets you and your beekeepers see what actionable practices are correlated with improving survivorship!

2015-2016 was the first winter in which Backyard beekeepers reported Varroa as a top cause of loss and 2015-2016 summer losses rivaled winter loss rates for the 2nd year in a row. These findings and trends are vitally important for the industry and we need your participation!

Some of you may be contacted independently by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) of the USDA to participate in their first quarterly colony loss survey. We encourage all beekeepers contacted by NASS to answer both BIP and NASS surveys. But we need your responses!

The Colony Loss Survey has evolved from our winter loss survey conducted 11 years ago. Now we monitor summer losses as well. The two surveys (Loss and Management) are aimed at looking for relationships between colony losses and colony management (including disease treatment strategies, supplemental feeding, etc.) and/or other factors that may influence colony health (such as colony location, honey production, and forage type). Your participation in this research is voluntary and your responses will be kept confidential. In any publication or presentation resulting from this research, no personally identifiable information will be disclosed.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at  Once again thank you for your participation.

Dennis vanEngelsdorp, President
Bee Informed Partnership, Inc.
University of Maryland

Karen Rennich, Executive Director
Bee Informed Partnership, Inc.
University of Maryland


Honey Bee Heart

Bournemouth University BU Research     By H. Jones    April 24, 2017

Dr Paul Hartley, Senior Lecturer in Functional Genetics, Faculty of Science & TechnologyThe first instalment of the returning ‘Photo of the Week’ series features Dr Paul Hartley’s image of a Honey Bee Heart. The series is a weekly instalment, which features an image taken by our fantastic BU staff and students. The photos give a glimpse into some of the fascinating work our researchers have been doing across BU and the wider community.

In this image we can see the pericardial muscles and oenocytes of a honey bee heart- these are stained red and green.  The oenocytes act as toxin-treatment and excretion plants, to help maintain clean blood – much as our livers and kidneys do. The pericardial muscles hold the heart in place so that it can contract properly. Research has shown that human and insect cardiovascular systems share similar genetics. Dr Hartley’s research is based on a simple premise- if something causes disease in one organism, it probably causes disease and can be studied in the other. Dr Hartley took this picture using a Leica SP8 confocal microscope.

If you’d like to find out more about the research or the photo itself then please contact Dr Hartley.

This photo was orginially an entry to the 2017 Research Photography Competition. If you have any other questions about the Photo of the Week series or the competition please email

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