Honey Bees and Sugar Silutions
Can honey bees detect different amounts of dissolved sugar in a sugar water solution? Also can they detect different amounts of dissolved sugar in natural nectar and given a choice which would they prefer nectar or sugar water?
Washington County Oregon bees
Yes honey bees are capable of detecting sucrose concentrations in both sugar water and nectar. The second part of the question is a bit complex and the answer may vary (depending on the scenario/context). In general honey bees prefer nectar given a choice.
Thank you for your response. A bit more clarity for the second part of the question. Has there ever been any research demonstrating bees preference for nectar over sugar water if they have a two equal choices.
I am not aware of any studies where both nectar and sugar solutions of same concentrations were evaluated (in a choice test) to demonstrate preference.