I hate feeding my bees sugar. I have on occasion (quite a few years ago) had to feed my bees sugar syrup to add weight to them for winter survival. It appears to me that there is a real over-emphasis on having to feed bees supplements (mostly sugar). If I'm a commercial beekeeper then that's a different scenario and I'm going to manage my bees geared towards that profession. I run less than 100 hives here in the high desert where nectar can become scarce. A couple of local bee guru's have classes touting the benefits of sugar syrup not as an emergency food source, but rather as a means of normal proper management. I call this crisis management. A crisis self created by removing honey stores that the bees will need. In my humble opinion this is doing these people (and the bees) a great disservice. Last year my bees had an above average honey yield because we had good rainfall. My normal practice is to leave adequate honey surplus for the bees to winter on. I did not feed a drop of sugar last year. A few weeks ago when the bees started bringing in pollen I inspected my yards and found that my hives came through strong and still had a lot of honey in which to build up on. They hardly needed a pollen supplement or sugar to gear up their brood rearing activities. In addition, when I tore some hives down to the bottom boards and reversed some brood boxes I actually removed several supers of honey in case some weaker hives needed extra stores. There seems to be an awful lot of threads and articles geared towards how to feed your bees. I feed my cats and dogs but I don't have to feed my bees and they seem to be doing very well with natural pollen and honey stores. There can never be enough said regarding the value of a productive bee yard as far as location goes and an awareness of local flora is critical to good bee management.