Ok, I bottled the honey from my cappings the other day. Uncapping was done with a heated capping plane. This was the last of my honey to be bottled so I sat my 5-gallon gated bucket out for the bees to clean up. In the previous buckets that they cleaned up I put a handful of grass in the bucket for them to walk on while getting the honey...the buckets ended up so clean that the grass freely moved around in the bucket...you could simply turn the buckets upside down and the grass would fall out.
Getting back to the bucket that had the cappings honey residue in it.... I did this one just like the previous buckets, same spot (~16' from nearest hive), same setup *except* no grass. The bucket has been out there over three days and honey is still standing in the bottom of it.
Previously the bees would wrap the bucket up on the inside and outside and have it cleaned up by sundown, I haven't seen any bees on this bucket. Just seems kind of strange to me.
The bees seem to be doing fine...all three hives have been washboarding in the evening a little bit and flying some in the mornings and evenings...nothing unusual. I even stuck my finger in the honey yesterday and tasted it to see if something was "off" about it. This honey did come out of the cappings and uncapping was done with a heated plane and *to me* the honey tastes slightly "burned"
...but everybody else says it tastes fine and nothing "burned" about it. Could the plane have heated this honey to a point of almost carmelization(sic?) and the bees are avoiding it? There's not a lot around here blooming right now to lure them away from the honey, though there are a few sporadic patches of wildflowers but it would be a really weak flow if it is a flow.
I'm confused...but it doesn't take much to make me that way.