This is my first winter as a beek. Not sure if it was my inexperience, or the temperatures consistently at -30 w/wind chill that did these guys in. I went through my dead hive today. It's the warmest it's been for months! My hive had 4 frames of capped honey, but a couple of the same capped frames also had this sugar-like substance in it - see the attachment. (And no, I didn't taste it!).
- What is this sugar substance? Is it safe to extract the capped honey with an extractor with this stuff in the frames, or should I crush and strain the comb?
- I also found several dead hive beetles (about 15?) among the dead bees. Is it safe to reuse these honey-filled frames for my new package coming in a few weeks, or will there be a problem with any hive beetle eggs?
- I want to start my package on honey only, since I have it. No sugar feeders. If I do that, how many frames will they need?