Here's what the cappings looked like. Instead of individual cells being capped, the bees indulged in this stained glass approach. The honey was a dark orange.
The frame below is what a whole frame looked like - it's all disorganized and the cappings on all three frames had this modern art look.
Inside the cells some of the honey was crystallized! The grains of the crystals were large and rough against the roof of my mouth. The honey tasted a little like apricot with a sharp finish at the last minute. I've never tasted anything like it. The moisture level on the refractometer was right at 18.6.
Here's a view of the cut side of one of the combs. See the thickened crystal?
These bees are all overwintered hives so we didn't feed them this year at all. I wondered if this were honey that was the result of the bees visiting a hummingbird feeder, but with three full frames (and we left the other five in the super because they weren't capped yet), that would be a lot of sugar syrup.
What nectar could these bees have gathered that would crystallize in the comb? And we've had very hot weather in Atlanta - about a week of days with temperatures over 100 in the last couple of weeks.