VIDEO: 20,000 Bees Swarm a Mitsubishi Outlander

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You catch more flies with honey, they say, but if you want to attract bees, it’s gonna take a Mitsubishi Outlander.

Carol Howarth’s Outlander was parked in the town of Haverfordwest, Wales, where she was shopping. While she perused the shops, a swarm of 20,000 bees landed on her car.
“It was spectacular,” said Tom Moses, who happened to see the bees arrive and alerted beekeepers. “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.”
Beekeepers arrived and corralled the honeymakers in fairly short order, and the situation seemed to be under control, but a day later it was deja vu all over again.
The swarm followed Howarth’s Outlander home and repeated the scene almost exactly.
“The next day I realized that some of the bees had followed me home,” Howarth said. Beekeepers arrived a second time to sort out the situation for good.“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.”rumble-bee

Pembrokeshire Beekeepers managed to figure out the situation and get the bees and their queen to a hive.

“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,” said Pembrokeshire Beekeepers’ Burns. “It was quite amusing.”


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