took some pictures. I think I ought to give a little more detail.
The hive in question didn't make it through their first winter and is 1 of 5 sitting amongst orchards of prunes, walnuts, peaches, olives along with black berry's and other flora. They have all been sitting for a few years empty. Last Tuesday I picked them up to prepare for spring.
The comb is lacking moisture, hard, brittle and black in some areas while others look and act like brown corrugated cardboard. Meaning flexible and retains some shape yet will turn into dust with more handling. I peeled it off with soft rubber from a key chain like those one gets when buying a car, lumber, hardware etc with a name on it.
Here's a piece that stayed together. I left the pictures as large as I could.
Whats puzzling is this hive is sitting roughly 40 ft away with a difference. It was 2 hive body's deep, one med super and one deep in that order for honey. This was the strongest I had. still stumped on what happened but moving on with lessons learned.
brood chamber with wax moth