I'm looking at it on my phone, but it looks like wax moth damage.
Ouch! Looks like wax moth damage.
If you got "wrigglies" in there pull the frames and freeze. Try to pull the webbing off where you can and stick back in a strong hive if you have one. Bees in a strong hive will clean up the mess.
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That looks like a very nasty case of wax moths. They feed on pollen, bee cocoons, and the wax itself. They are generally only a problem in stored comb, weak hives, or hives with too much space for the number of bees. So I would guess they did their damage after the bees died, rather than being responsible for the collapse.
This was the hive that kept requeening last year. It has always been a weak hive. I thought that it was doing better at the end of the year.
I had a failed split last year that looked like that. It doesn't take long in a weak or empty hive.
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Yeah, the waxies got u there.
How well should clean this up, I have already pulled most of it out but my frames are a mess?
Clean it best you can. I strong hive will do the rest. I like plastic foundation so that I do not have to place new foundation if the damage done by the waxmoth was severe.
Wether you remove all the wax or not is a judgement call. Remove as much webbing as possible. Freeze the combs, then return them one day to a strong hive. They will remove the rest of the debris and rebuild the comb.
The comb is destroyed, those worm welded them together and pulling out the frame tore the comb up badly. Will start fresh with a new batch of bees in early April unless my other hive is strong enough to split.