There was quite the scene in a South Nanaimo parking lot this morning when a swarm of bees descended an SUV parked outside a Value Village store.
A witness who posted video of the incident on YouTube says it wasn’t clear if the queen bee was inside the vehicle,
but thousands of the insects descended on the passenger side of the blue Chevy SUV around 11 a.m.
The vehicles’s owner Susan Angus told the Nanaimo Daily Bulletin she saw the swarm and said “why me? ”
It was a situation best left to professionals.
Mike and Calinda Massey soon arrived donning bee suits and, after failing to find the queen, they brushed as many of the bees as possible into a wooden box, spraying the swarm with sugar water to keep them from flying away.
In all, six beekeepers turned up to help out.
The bees that couldn’t be coaxed into the box were later vacuumed up.
The queen wasn’t found.
Mike Massey says the thousands of bees they gathered are in a new hive tonight with a new queen.
They gave the owner of the SUV a jar of honey.