An estimated 20,000 bees swarm a car in Portsmouth
University of Portsmouth student Rory Edwards was confronted by a bizarre sight last Thursday in Portsmouth, England.
He walked outside and found his housemate's car covered in a huge swarm of bees. He caught this footage of the incident before a professional bee keeper arrived to remove the insects. The beekeeper estimated that there were 20,000 bees in the colony.
AOL spoke with Rory to get the inside scoop on the video that has the web buzzing. (Sorry, we had to.)
AOL: What was your friend's reaction when he saw the car?
Rory: [His] reaction was shock, we hadn't seen anything like this before and we're from all over the country, and we were all worried as our road has a lot of families with young children and didn't really want any of them to be stung.
AOL: Can your friend drive the car now?
Rory: Yes the car is all clear now with no lasting damage.
AOL: What did the bee keeper say when he saw the swarm?
Rory: He just said that it was larger than he thought it would be, his first estimate was 15,000 but when he started moving them he thought it was more like 20,000. He said that when honey bees are swarming they aren't aggressive because they have nowhere to defend (I.e. No hive) so the car was more of a stop over while they were searching for a new one.
We're glad nobody was hurt ... though Rory and his friend are probably going to have to deal with a lot of bee puns for a while.