I have seen some of the new regulations on defining honey. One of them states that honey made from sugar water is not considered honey. I have also read where some people will feed a lot of SW so that the bees will make for honey and then blend the SW honey with the natural honey.
Plus I know that I have given my bees SW and accidently broke some capped honey. It was very light in color, sweet, but I could tell it was basically SW converted to honey. I also have read articles here and elsewhere that states that SW is the closet thing to nectar we can feed bees.
Hope someone, like M. Bush will come on and confirm or deny my information.
They will invert the sugar with invertase. They will dry it down to 20% or less moisture. They will store it and cap it. So, from the bees' perspective, it is honey. But, of course, from a marketing perspective it is not.
"..do the bees eat the syrup or do they convert it to honey before they eat it?"
Your question is,.. "kind of interesting",.. ,..:scratch:. Do they 'eat it' [or absorb it],.. certainly,..but do they derive energy/nourishment from sugar syrup/nectar before the normal [invertase/or other] chemical changes occur? I don't know. I would 'assume' they do derive energy on the way back from a nectar or sugar syrup source that was somewhat beyond the 3-4 miles of their normal flight range. This would sustain them better, than if they had an empty honey stomach :scratch:
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