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Various bee feeds


The natural food of bees is honey, which bees make from the nectar and honeydew they collect. Depending on the plants they are collected from, these raw materials mainly comprise fructose, glucose and sucrose (beet sugar or cane sugar). They also contain small amounts of maltose and other forms of sugar. Fructose, glucose and sucrose are thus the most important nutrients for bees.
Some honeys, such as rape honey and honeys con - taining melezitose, are less suited as winter food due to their tendency to granulate. High ash and colour contents, such as those typical of most forest honeys but also of some flower honeys, are difficult for the bees to digest and can produce dysentery symptoms if the winter is long.