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crab414:

While I am no expert on this topic, I know that many illustrious beekeepers past and present would answer your question in the affirmative.

Immediately, Mr. Walt Wright's commentary comes to mind:

"The first activity of the colony in quest of reproduction is brood nest expansion. In the early expansion period, the emphasis is on honey consumption to free up cells for more brood. Early foraging is primarily for brood-pollen and water. Water is preferred to thin honey for feed consistency. If water is not readily available they can use nectar. Those forage sources that they work for brood-pollen generally have ample nectar also. In my area, American elm and maple both have good nectar that the bees will gather if they have empty cells in the cluster. The well-provisioned colony has no need for the nectar from these sources under normal circumstances."

https://beesource.com/point-of-view/walt-wright/swarm-preperation/
 
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