Exactly. Pollen stimulates brood production as a protein source. Nectar does not, being a a carbohydrate source.Pollen
One is as good as the other.Can I use diluted HFCS say at 1:2 (~40% solids) or 1:3 (~27% solids) to stimulate brood? Or does it have to be sucrose syrup??
Not sure who that's directed at but if me, natural nectar is mostly 80% + water. So I guess it could be said that is the ideal mix.Question: What ratio of syrup would you say to be best for simulating a nectar flow?
I think I can help address this particular concern.There has been some discussion about the possibility HFCS can be contaminated by neonics and other poisons that are used on corn. Whereas sucrose produced from sugar cane is OK as those chemicals are not used on sugar cane.
Absence of proof is not the same as Innocence IMO. What if the amount needed to mess with bees is less than we can currently detect. what if the dead bees when tested also find the residue "long gone"I think I can help address this particular concern.
The neonics used on corn are generally a seed treatment to protect the kernel from wire worms and grubs in the soil when the corn plant is very small or just prior to germination. There is a quantifiable effect for just a few weeks early in the growing season. Being water soluble, those pesticides are long gone well before the corn plant has even started to shoot an ear, much less fill it with grain.
I would challenge anyone suggesting that there is pesticide contamination in HFCS to show me an actual lab sample where they can find pesticide in the product.