Is honey water a good substitute for honey?

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Mechanic3089
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Is honey water a good substitute for honey?

Post: # 62824Post Mechanic3089
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:12 am

I give my ants mixed honey water. Is this acceptable as a sugary food source or should I give them straight raw honey and just regular water? I feel it is because every time I give them a drop of honey in their outworld, it's mostly ignored, except for the occasional ant that takes a quick lick of it. Does anyone else do this? Or have this question?

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Re: Is honey water a good substitute for honey?

Post: # 62828Post CabboAntsGuy
Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:00 pm

sugar water or hummingbird nectar are both good substitutes.
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Re: Is honey water a good substitute for honey?

Post: # 62918Post Hawkeye
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:15 pm

Diluted honey is fine, as is sugar water, (maple) syrup etc. But you probably should give them a pure water source (always) and a sugar source (incidentally)
If your ants ignore the honey, they've probably had enough sugars already and are focussed on getting protein.

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Re: Is honey water a good substitute for honey?

Post: # 62959Post antnest8
Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:43 pm

I usually just mix sugar and water. But honey water should be fine and maybe even safer because honey can catch ant's and they get stuck.

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Re: Is honey water a good substitute for honey?

Post: # 63401Post Mechanic3089
Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:38 pm

Just an update. I put a test tube with regular water and my ants completely ignored it. I even left it there and let the other test tube full of honey water be used up, still they ignored it except for like one ant ever once in a while. As soon as more honey water is place, they swarm out of the nest to get a drink. So honey water it is

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Re: Is honey water a good substitute for honey?

Post: # 63866Post Glowbug1236
Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:40 pm

I've tried honey, and a number of other liquid sugar sources, no go.
A very very little amount of interest in honey water was the most interest these Pheidole had.
Some research, and i discovered online that many of these ants prefer high protien diets.
So i would assume that's part of it.
But in your case, the ants seem to have a healthy interest in honey water, so that seems decided.
They tend to know what they need..

A question that has been on my mind is whether or not glucose is better than fructose?
Anyone test or research this?
Any threads started on this topic?

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