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In Men in Black, after the bug steals Edgar's skin he comes in and asks his wife for
a glass of sugar water. Why exactly does the bug need sugar water? Is it for the bug to live or help a bodily function?

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    Bugs like sugar on our world too – Valorum Nov 3 at 16:27
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He was hungry and thirsty after his journey to Earth.

Being folded into N-space was not only painful and irritating, it also made him hungry. The ship's replicator hadn't worked worth dung the last four cycles and he was starving when he ate the remains of the Edgar. Now, after such a hasty meal, he was thirsty. He needed a nice drink.

Men in Black: A Novelization

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Plants produce nectar, which some insects consume. Beekeepers commonly take the honey away from their bee colonies and replace it with sugar water, too.

  • A Beekeeper may supplement a hive's food supply over the winter with some sugar water. A good beekeeper only removes honey in excess of what the hive needs for food. The best food for a hive is honey. Bees will happily collect sugar water if it is available, as it is much easier to collect than nector. However, it results in a poor quality, watered-down, honey production. – Michael Richardson Nov 4 at 18:38

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