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looks like crystallization. Tell them to rub some between their fingers if its grainy then you know.

Mite frass is much smaller and sparse
 

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They have sucked the liquid out and left the crystals behind. Mite frass if it is attached should be on top of cell, and yes mites poop chute too small for those chunks!
 

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Good to know details about mite's poop chute. Thx
 

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Crystals left over after the bees tried to eat the "honey? " This can occur in 100% natural honey depending on the nectar source but is most often associated with syrup that had a very high % of corn syrup. Bees love to throw it out the front door in the spring.

One reason I shy away from anything with the words "corn syrup" in the product description when purchasing syrup.

Any canola in your area?
 
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