There are beekeepers who remove all of the real honey from their hives and overwinter their bees exclusively on sugar syrup honey. Their theory is that they can sell the real honey for more than it costs them to feed the bees syrup. So, in answer to your question, I'd say yes, bees can survive the winter exclusively on 2:1 sugar water. The more important question, in my mind, is will they thrive?Do bees survive the winter exclusively on 2 : 1 sugar - water solution?
yes, i was thinking of feeding sugar syrup thruout the winterThe question is not clear. Are we talking feeding all winter, or feeding hives up to weight in the fall and letting them winter naturally on stores?.
"winter stores" is that capped syrup?If fed in fall, with plenty of time to pack it away and cap it like honey, sugar syrup made from white table sugar is a winter feed which is equal to most honey and superior to some. Two to one is used to reduce the amount of work the bees have to do to store it and to reduce excess hive moisture released while it is being condensed down to winter stores..
There is nothing more superior then honey made from the nectar of plants. beekeepers make there bees live on table sugar, then wonder why they have to medicate to keep them healthy.If fed in fall, with plenty of time to pack it away and cap it like honey, sugar syrup made from white table sugar is a winter feed which is equal to most honey and superior to some.