... I ll agree that is usually the case, but there are exceptions. Bees don t follow rules all the time. I would rather have sugar syrup on and the bees
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, Aug 27, 2012
>>> Experienced beekeepers around here have told us that bees won't touch the sugar water if nectar is available.
I'll agree that is usually the case, but there are exceptions. Bees don't follow rules all the time. I would rather have sugar syrup on and the bees ignore it for plant nectar than not have it on and have my bees starve due to lack of nectar foraging resources being available
>>> adding food coloring doesn't seem like a good idea, when it has so many suspect ingredients, like petroleum byproducts.
McCormick food color: water, propylene, glycol, FD&C coloring: propylparaben (preservative). Propoleneis an unsaturated organic compound having the chemical formula C3H6. It undergoes addition reactions relatively easily at room temperature; i.e. digestion. Glycol: any of a class of organic compounds belonging to the alcohol family. Propylene glycol ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propylene_glycol ) Among other uses it is used as a solvent in many pharmaceuticals, including oral, injectable and topical formulations. It is also used as a humectantfood additive. Propylparaben is found in many plants and some insects, although it is manufactured
synthetically for use in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and foods. It is a preservative.
I don't mean to seem like I'm stomping on the above statements, but..... The words "suspect ingredients" and "petroleum byproducts" insinuating unhealthy products without substantiation is like a red flag to me. I take it that you don't used any foods that contain food coloring (soda pops), colored cakes and icings, etc. Have you checked the labels of all the foods you eat. A lot of them have food coloring added to make the product more attractive to the consumer.
The small amount that I put in my sugar syrup, in my humble and uneducated opinion, will not hurt bee larvae nor adult bees. I'd rather have that possibility than have the possibility that honey I sell might contain a sugar based product derived from the sack
of sugar that I fed my bees at a previous point in time.
Mike in LA
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