A swarm of about 20,000 bees followed a car around for 2 days, making the vehicle their temporary home.
While beekeepers were initially able to remove the bees from the car, they were puzzled why the swarm continued to follow the car around – it was only one the second attempt at clearing the car that they realized the bees had been acting crazy because their queen was trapped inside!
The incident happened in town of Haverfordwest, Wales. Carol Howarth parked her Mitsubishi to do some errands but after returning from her shopping, she found thousands of bees on its back.
Tom Moses, a local, saw the peculiar sight and called a team of beekeepers to help the lady.
“It was spectacular. I was driving through when I spotted the big brown splodge. A lot of people were really amazed by it, cars were slowing down and people were taking pictures of it,” he said. “I was a little bit concerned, with it being in the middle of town outside a pub, that someone might do something stupid and get hurt or do something stupid and hurt the bees.”
While they were able to remove the bees, they did not know that the queen was trapped inside.
Seeing that the buzzing creatures were not interested in her or her shopped goods, Howarth decided to drove off, in hopes that the bees would leave her in peace. They didn’t. They managed to track her down and once again swarm her car. She called the beekeepers again.
“We think the queen bee had been attracted to something in the car, perhaps something sweet, and had got into a gap on the boot’s wiper blade or perhaps the hinge. The swarm of around 20,000 had followed her and were sat around on the boot of the car,” revealed Roger Burns of Pembrokeshire Beekeepers.
Thankfully, after the queen was retrieved from Howarth’s car, the bees finally left her in peace – but it definitely was quite an adventure for her and the bees!