A Grandmother from Pembrokeshire, Wales, was tracked for over 24 hours by 20 thousand (surprisingly friendly) bees.
Bees are generally known for their incredible intelligence and more recent rapid descent in numbers, threatening the Earth’s food sources. However, a recent event took a turn for lighter news after an elderly lady discovered more than 20 thousand bees occupying her car who then would not leave her alone for the better part of the next two days.
The whole ordeal took place after Pembrokeshire Coast National Park ranger, Tom Moses, called in an urgent incident involving a giant swarm of bees that had taken over the boot of an elderly lady’s car in the town center of Haverfordwest, West Wales. The bees began to swarm the car soon after the owner, Carol Howarth, left to go inside the store to shop for lunch. When she returned, she was amazed to witness 20 thousand insects descend onto her car, seeking refuge.
Mrs Howarth says she has “never seen anything like it.”
Beekeeper Attempting to Capture the Live Bees [Image Source: Tom Moses/Mercury Press]
During the time she parked her car and returned from the store, thousands of bees accumulated on the boot of her car, causing a spectacle to many passers-by who took photos of the massive swarm. Fortunately, out of fear the bees may be destroyed by insecticide, Mr. Moses called on two members from the Pembrokeshire Beekeepers’ Association to take care of the swarm without causing them harm.
“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,” ~ Moses
In the end, more than five beekeepers were required to remove the nest. Soon after, Mrs. Howarth drove home believing the bees had been completely removed. However, to her surprise, she discovered early Monday morning that the swarmed had followed her to her house.
Yet again, the beekeepers were required to remove the bees- for a second (and final) time. It is believed that a Queen bee may have been migrating, bringing along her entire nests while occasionally resting, results in similar nests forming on cars. She might have become trapped in the car, and so the swarm tracked her down once again. Although the initial event is uncommon, bees have been known to rest on cars before finding a better-suited home. In this case, however, the bees returned.
“I have been beekeeping for 30 years and I have never seen a swarm do that. 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.” ~ Retired GP Roger
The bees were safely removed from the nest and were released back into the wild. The bees once again successfully proved their superb capabilities to stick together no matter what- even if it requires tracking down an elderly lady. If you see a swarm like this on your car, please, do not “bee” alarmed- call a local beekeeper and they will gladly rescue the ever diminishing population of bees.
Bee Smart, Save the Bees.