1. ITV Report

Student has bee in his bonnet as swarm invades car

A swarm of 20,000 bees surrounded a student's Nissan Micra in Portsmouth. Credit: SWNS

One driver literally had a bee in his bonnet after his car was surrounded by 20,000 bees when a young queen, seeking a new hive, took up residence in his Nissan Micra's wheel well.

Student George Neal, 21, had his car parked outside his home in Portsmouth, Hampshire, when it was spotted covered in the swarm of buzzing insects by housemates Rory Edwards and Nick MacNaughtan.

20,000 bees had swarmed the Nissan Micra in Portsmouth. Credit: SWNS

It was a bit of a strange sight. The bees were pretty timid though - they weren't really interested in anything but George's car. Maybe they wanted a lift.

Although none of us are allergic, we thought George probably would not want his car covered in a swarm of bees. He did literally have a bee in his bonnet though.

– Rory Edwards

Rory said he rang the council's pest control department to get rid of the bees.

Portsmouth City Council authorised local bee keeper Graham Cook to safely remove the huge swarm without harming them.

Local bee keeper managed to isolate the queen bee, round up the rest in a basket, and cart them off to a safer place. Credit: SWNS

Graham managed to isolate the queen bee, and then rounded up the rest of the bees in a basket and carted them off to a safer place.

He said that this time of year is the height of the swarming season, where young queens leave their mother's hive to find a place to raise their own colony.