Hi ...I insected my hive today and noticed some white crystals in some empty honey cells. Haven't noticed this before so wondering
if anyone can confirm if this is normal or not. Many thanks. I attach a couple of photos.
I've seen similar that I've attributed to Pohutukawa, based on crystallised capped honey in frames next to them - good news is that bees seem to use the capped but set Pohutukawa when the cluster gets there. A local Beek I asked a couple of weeks ago about half a dozen or so boxes of probably impossible to extract Pohutukawa had a scratch in some frames and said something along the lines of "still good as feed honey. Pull it off earlier next year"
I’m not 100% sure but I think melezitose is produced from the chemical change in sugars which occurs when the aphids digest the willow sap and excrete what’s left . Does pohutakawa produce honeydew as well as nectar ?