Carol Howarth had no idea that when she parked her car in the town of Haverfordwest, Wales, chaos would ensue. As it turns out, a queen bee was attracted to the vehicle and accidentally got caught. As a result, a swarm of 20,000 bees began hovering near the car as Howarth ran errands.
The sight attracted the attention of a local man named Tom Moses, who was concerned that the bees would be poorly handled. “It was spectacular. 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.”
“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. The swarm of around 20,000 had followed her and were sat around on the boot of the car,” said Roger Burns of Pembrokeshire Beekeepers.
Many agreed that the sight was one of the strangest they’ve ever seen. Reportedly, “it is natural for [bees] to follow the queen, but it is a strange thing to see and quite surprising to have a car followed for two days.”