HAVERFORDWEST, West Wales — A lady in Wales came up against a ferocious army like no other — bees out to save a queen trapped in a metal fortress.
Yes, bees. Those cute little buzzing insects that make honey for our oatmeal.
Or, viewed another way, a swarm of bees who, for two days, followed their queen bee trapped inside a Mitsubishi Outlander.
The Outlander belongs to 68-year-old Carol Howarth, a grandmother who had no idea she’d picked up a bee — let alone the queen of the hive — when she visited a nature reserve.
Later, when she stopped to go shopping in Haverfordwest, West Wales, the bees descended – thousands and thousands of them.
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park ranger Toms Moses was driving by when he happened upon the raid.
“Driving through town noticed this going on outside the Lower Three Crowns and couldn’t resist getting involved!” he wrote in a pun-filled post on his Facebook page. (Headline: Bee-rilliant swarm.)
He was worried someone might do something “stupid” so, he called in reinforcements — the intrepid folks at the Pembrokeshire Beekeepers Association.
They gingerly nudged the bees into a box. Not so gingerly though. There were several stinging incidents like the “drunk bloke from pub went and swept a load of bees off car with hand looking for queen, got stung loads pfffft…..”
You’d think that would be the end of the story, but you’d be wrong.
The next morning, Howarth found the bees were back, she told The Telegraph.
So once again, out came the beekeepers.
By 6 p.m., her Outlander was free of the bees. (No word though on what happened to the queen.)
Moses says members of colonies often follow their queen bee if she moves hives.
And queens moves hives if the hives are disturbed — say, by humans. Or by the arrival of another queen bee.
He speculates the shiny warm Mitsubishi might have seemed like a good option for a new home.