that bees can get used to being fed and will not forage as hard and far for nectar? I know that they are supposed to ignore the syrup if nectar is avalable. My musing is that the house bees may get use to just going up and getting syrup and not forage as well when they become workers. Syrup is not as good for them as nectar, but we are supposed to be smarter than they are and we still stop at McDonalds (example only, but I do like their french fries). Just a muse as I said while going through 3/4 gal. a week of syrup per hive and looking at the plethoria of wild flowers in bloom here finally.