Terrified Driver Followed By Bee Swarm For Two DAYS After Queen Got Stuck In Boot
A terrified driver was followed for TWO DAYS by a swarm of bees who were desperate to get their queen back.
The bee had seemingly got stuck in the boot of the silver Mitsubishi Outlander and the swarm gave chase to try and help her escape.
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Ranger Tom Moses spotted the car parked outside the Three Crowns pub in Haverfordwest, Wales, and noticed what looked like a brown splodge covering the right-hand side of the boot.
It was only when he stopped to get a closer look that he realised this was not just some weird design - but the swarm of bees who had congregated on the vehicle.
Sting in the tail: Beekeepers were called in to clear the car of the bees (Caters)
He revealed: “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.
“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.”
Tom called in Pembrokeshire Beekeepers for help, who guessed that they were simply trying to free the queen.
Roger Burns, who helped clear the car, said: “We think the queen 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. I brought over a cardboard box and carefully brushed them into there as quickly as possible as I was aware it was a big swarm in the middle of the high street.”
However, a gust of wind blew the box over and the queen flew straight back to the boot and the driver later returned and drove off again without realising.
However, the car was spotted again and the beekeepers returned to finish the job.
Roger added: “We were left with a swarm of queen-less bees in the box and then heard that the same car was spotted the very next day with a swarm all over the boot, still chasing it.
“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.”
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