Imagining a swarm of thousands of bees hovering towards one is enough to give anyone the chills. That’s what happened to Carol Howarth, a 65 year woman who lives in the UK. Around 20,000 bees chased her Mitsubishi Outlander for two days straight.
So how exactly did the whole event transpire? On Sunday, Howarth found herself being chased by a swarm of bees as she drove through Pembrokeshire after leaving a nature reserve. Fortunately (for the bees) the “brown splodge” on the car (picture above) was spotted by Tom Moses – a bee enthusiast and national park ranger. He quickly contacted the Prembrokeshire Beekepers’ Association and worked with them to get all the bees in a box so they could be taken safely back to the reserve.
But that wasn’t the end of it. The next day brought a surprise for Carol Howarth: she found the swarm again on her car. The bees were rounded up, again, and sent to the nature reserve.
No one knows why the bees behaved in this fashion. The prevailing theory is that they were attracted to the car because of the pheromones of the Queen bee. Either the queen bee was trapped inside the car or she left a trace of its pheromones there.
“I have never seen anything like this in all my years of bee keeping. This is indeed strange, even for the bees, to do something like this.” — Roger Burns, one of the bee keepers who handled the situation.
Tom Moses should be applauded for his swift actions before the bees were harmed in any way. Bees are some of the most important pollinators that are responsible for approximately 75 percent of our food growth. They are already fighting a battle for their survival due to increased use of pesticides, parasites and increased human activity. So it’s good to see that they made it out of this incident alive.