Today, knowing I would be pretty busy this weekend and then leaving early next week, when it is to turn cool and rainy anyway, I decided I had better pull the supers off the hives and treat hive #1 for mites. I had decided that I might be able to get a few frames to process and the rest I would split between feeding back to the bees and making some mead.
Strangely, even though I put the frames above the inner cover on hive #2, they did not clean any of that up but instead I think continued to fill cells and cap some of it. My mistake may have been leaving the cutout on the inner cover in the up position, allowing direct entrance into the super. I reversed it and left the super on, so maybe they will get the hint and start consuming some of it.
I had thought the honey might be a bit darker, from the late season flowers, but it seems to be only a bit darker than the summer clover honey. A side by side comparison may show a greater difference. At any rate, we were very pleasantly surprised with a second harvest. This takes us to over 10 gallons for the season from two hives, with the vast majority coming just from hive #1, which was queenless early in the summer. I guess they more than made up for it.