Swarm of bees surround car after their queen gets stuck inside

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A car really began buzzing around town - when it was covered by a swarm of bees.

The swarm flew down onto the silver Mitsubishi Outlander with hundreds of the insects covering the boot.

A passing National Park ranger spotted the bizarre "brown splodge" on the car parked outside a pub and called in two beekeepers to gather up the swarm.

The car owner returned to drive off with no idea of the sticky situation his car had been in before driving off in his Mitsu-bee-shi. 

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Thousands of bees swarmed a grandmother's car after she parked it in a Welsh high street while she went on a shopping trip.

Carol Howarth, 65, returned from her lunchtime shop on Sunday in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, to find her Mitsubishi Outlander the subject of the insects' attention.


Up to 20,000 are thought to have gathered around the boot of the car, much to the bemusement of passers-by, before a rescue team consisting of three beekeepers and a park ranger arrived and caught the majority of the swarm in a box.

Thinking the bizarre incident was over, Howarth drove her SUV home, only to find that a number of the bees that hadn't been caught had decided to give pursuit.

She was then forced to call beekeepers out again at 6pm on Monday to capture the remainder.

Speaking to the Daily Mail about the reason for the bees' bizarre congregation, Howarth said: "One theory was that the queen was trapped in my car and the swarm were following her.

'But they couldn't find the queen anywhere so I've no idea if that was right. Apparently bees can swarm at this time of the year and it is a very strong instinct for them to follow the queen.'

Roger Burns of Pembrokeshire Beekeepers, who aided in the capture of the insects, added: "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, 65, a retired doctor estimates that he received between 15 to 20 stings while coercing the bees into the box, before handing the task over to another beekeeper.