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Dead hive with lavender-colored bloom on comb. What is it?

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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:

Frame with bloom

Brood and Honey mix

Dead bees and comb

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?

Thanks!

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