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Here's Why 20,000 Bees Chased This Car For Two Days

| by Nicholas Roberts
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A hive of 20,000 bees chased a car in Wales for two days after the queen of the hive became trapped in the back of the vehicle.

The incident reportedly first occurred when 65-year-old Carol Howarth parked her car in the town center of Haverfordwest before going shopping on May 22, The Telegraph reports.

Thousands and thousands of bees swarmed around the back of her car, eliciting wonder from many passersby.  Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Ranger Tom Moses contacted two members of the Pembrokeshire Beekeepers' Association to capture the swarm, reports Metro.

Moses said:

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I had seen swarms before settle on things like this but never one as large as this. It was quite a thing to see -- certainly a 'wow' moment.

I was really worried that someone could get hurt by them or that someone might damage them in their bid to clear the car so I stopped to help out.

It is fair to say I had a sting in the tale -- I was stung to my head, neck and the back of my ears. But I took some antihistamines and they are not too bad now.

When she returned to her car, it appeared to Howarth the problem had been solved.  But the next morning she discovered the swarm had followed her home and had again covered the car.

Howarth contacted the beekeepers again, who were able to finally remove all the insects.

Beekeeper Roger Burns said of the task:

It is possible the queen had been attracted to something in the car -- perhaps a sweet or food in the car.

The swarm of around 20,000 had followed her and were sat around on the [trunk] 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.

I got about 15 or 20 stings for my trouble. I then left the cardboard box on the roof while we waited for the last few hundred bees to leave the [trunk] but then a gust of wind blew it off and the queen may have fled back to the [trunk] again."

Sources: Metro, The Telegraph / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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