When it comes to bees, devotion, and protection of their queen means no1 priority.
When unsuspecting driver Carol Howarth parked her car in the town of Haverford, Wales, UK, to do some shopping, little did she know the chaos that was about to be unleashed.
While she was out shopping, a swarm of 20,000 bees was mysteriously drawn to her car. Tom Moses, a local man, first saw the buzzing noise and thought that the bees might have escaped due to poor handling and called in a team of beekeepers to handle the situation.
“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.
However, The reality was far from it. 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 sat around on the boot of the car.”
In the end, the queen and her followers were reunited without harm.
Burns added that it was the strangest bee-related incident 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.”