Bees swarm car with queen trapped inside
May 27, 2016
May 27, 2016
Carol Howarth, 65, visited a nature reserve and unintentionally took a queen bee on a joy ride after it became trapped in her car. Unbeknownst to her, bees began to swarm her car in the thousands.
More than 20,000 bees swarmed the back of the woman’s silver Mitsubishi Outlander while it was parked at a town center in Haverfordwest, Wales, on May 22, reports The Telegraph. Members of the Pembrokeshire Beekeepers’ Association were contacted to help capture the bees while Howarth was shopping.
“I still don’t really understand why, because they couldn’t see the queen anywhere,” Howarth said. “Perhaps they just like the heat of my car.”
The bees were safety removed, although some bystanders reported they had been stung.
The next day, the insects returned. Howarth said another swarm followed her and the bees were covering the same area of her car. She contacted the beekeepers again, who were able to finally remove the swarm at about 6 p.m. on May 23.
Roger Burns of Pembrokeshire Beekeepers was one of the beekeepers who responded to the first incident.
“I have been beekeeping for 30 years and I have never seen a swarm do that,” Burns told The Telegraph. “It is natural for them to follow the queen, but it is a strange thing to see and quite surprising to have a car followed for two days. It was quite amusing.”