When Carol Howarth parked her car in the sleepy little town of Haverfordwest, Wales to make a stop at the market, she had no idea the chain of events she would be setting in motion. While she busied herself with errands, a massive swarm of over 20,000 bees was drawn to her parked Mitsubishi.
That’s when a local man, Tom Moses, noticed the cloud of feisty bees and called in a team of beekeepers!
Here’s the scoop per Tree Hugger:
“It was spectacular. I was driving through when I spotted the big brown splodge,” he said. “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,” he said.
With the beekeepers on the job, by the time Howarth returned the situation appeared to be resolved.
But, no. The swarm kept her in their sights and managed to track her down.
“The next day I realized that some of the bees had followed me home,” she said. So she summoned the beekeepers, who arrived ready for rescue.
“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,” says Roger Burns of Pembrokeshire Beekeepers. “The swarm of around 20,000 had followed her and were sitting around on the boot of the car.”
In the end, the adventurous queen and her subjects were reunited without harm.
Burns says that it was the strangest bee-thing he’d seen in three decades of beekeeping. “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.”
Did you know that in many ancient cultures, bees were thought of as the guardians of the afterlife? In our modern day, bees have shed their mythological patina, but they still command respect and attention. And with their numbers rapidly dwindling due to complex environmental factors, human beings are beginning to realize just how important bees are to the food web.
Let’s do everything we can people to keep our buzzing friends around for a long time to come… Here’s the video, enjoy!
Have you ever had to deal with a swarm of feisty bees?