Dead hive with lavender-colored bloom on comb. What is it?
First post, so apologies for doing it wrong. About 8 months into my first hive it died in November. I was sad and delayed opening up the hive until last week, so it sat outside in Oregon early winter for six weeks (damp, 40 degrees F). When I opened it up I found a couple hundred dead bees, and frames in which the covered cells have a lavendar-colored bloom on the surface. Here's a wall of links to photos:
I have several questions:
1) what's the bloom caused by?
2) is it safe to process and consume the honey?
3) do I need to burn the boxes and frames, or can I safely reuse this equipment in the spring?