Re: Feeding Syrup Question... confused
Bees have a type of valve (preventriculus) at the bottom of their honey gut. If they want to eat the syrup, they open the valve. Otherwise the syrup is available to be removed from their crop, and stored in a comb cell. Here is the technical details:
I haven't seen anything reliable that suggests that syrup needs to be 'processed' outside of a bee before it can be consumed.
USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft