Carol Howarth, a 68-year-old grandmother is the owner of the car. She had accidentally picked up the queen when she visited a nature reserve.
We have heard of the hard work and loyalty of worker bees. The queen bee helps keep the cycle of hard work going and the hive follows their leader and matriarch. The bees are always sticking together, and help each other during their short lives to collect, preserve honey, and build a honeycomb.
You can see their perseverance when they were wanted to rescue their queen, who was trapped in the boot of a car. More than 20,000 bees chased a woman’s car incessantly to get their queen out of this metal box for over two days.
This incident was happened in the town of Haverfordwest, West Wales. You can see the pictures and they look terrifying as the bees are seen plastered to the back of a Mitsubishi Outlander. Carol Howarth, a 68-year-old grandmother, the owner of the car was shocked to see thousands of the insects flying behind her car and said she “had never seen anything like it.” She didn’t know that she had accidentally picked up a “tiny winged passenger” when she visited a nature reserve. The queen of the swarm had somehow got into the old woman’s car.
According to CNN the rest of the bees from the queen’s hive descended on her car when Howarth stopped by a shopping center. She kept driving through the town unaware of the situation. Tom Moses, a local ranger saw the whole thing and shared it on his Facebook. In the post, headlined “Bee-rilliant swarmathon” he wrote: “Driving through town noticed this going on outside the Lower Three Crowns and couldn’t resist getting involved! (bees need our help and I worried that some idiot would come to pour boiling water over them or something stupid!).”
He called the Pembrokeshire Beekeepers Association to take care of this situation. “Roger the beekeeper #1 appeared with a box to put them in and swept some in, then left for a dinner date leaving me backing up Andrew the (rusty) beekeeper #2 (ie watching him and offering encouragement), Moses explained in detail. At first, bees nicely started going into the box. Stung. Then they started to come out again. Hmmmmm. Had a beer. Stung. Andrew doing a great job, bees in. Stung. Then they were coming out again. Wheres the Queen? In the box, or hiding in the crack between boot and car panel? Stung again.”
The Independent reported that five beekeepers, park wardens, and passers spent hours trying to get the bees into a cardboard box. Moses continued: “Spoke to Jeremy beekeeper #3 – on Eurostar, but said he’d send help. A drunk bloke from pub went and swept a load of bees off the car with hand looking for the queen, got stung loads pfffft… Beekeeper #4 (man with no name) turned up with a full suit and Smokey thing, stung again, twice – why do they just go for your head? All under control, so buggered off home before stung again. 3 hours well spent, and avoided painting for a bit! The best thing to happen in Haverfordwest for years – should get a load of hives in Castle Square.”
“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.” Burns added, “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,” Roger Burns, from Pembrokeshire Beekeepers Association, said to the Milford Mercury.