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Hey, Is This Your Car That's Covered in 20,000 Bees?

A silver Mitsubishi Outlander in Pembrokeshire, Wales was swarmed by thousands of bees after the hive’s queen got stuck in the trunk. By the way, is this your car? Can you come get it? (Free bees included!)


The car—or, more likely, the 20,000 bees buzzing around it—was first spotted parked on a busy shopping street.

“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,” Roger Burns of Pembrokeshire Beekeepers tells Metro.


According to the UK news outlet, “it took five different beekeepers, park rangers and passers-by to coax them off into a cardboard box, only for the wind to blow it off the car and the queen go back” into the car. Soon after, the car’s driver (you) returned and drove away in an attempt to scare the bees off. Instead, the bees followed the Mitsubishi at least until the next day.

“We were left with a swarm of queen-less bees in the box and then heard that the same car was spotted the very next day with a swarm all over the boot, still chasing it, Burns says. “...I have been beekeeping for 30 years and I have never seen a swarm do that. 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. It was quite amusing.”

Yes, quite. Again, please come get your car. It, and your bees, are waiting for you.

Managing Editor, Jezebel

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