Bees swarm Beetle: Destin locals find colony on their Volkswagen (PHOTOS)

Bees

Thousands of bees swarmed to Donna Tingle-Moore's red Volkswagen Beetle Sept. 25. Her husband, Rick Moore, drove the car and sprayed them with a hose to get them to move on.

Special to The Log
Published: Friday, September 27, 2013 at 01:40 PM.

Imagine waking and walking outside your house to see a giant swarm of honey bees coming right for you. That's exactly what happened to Rick Moore Sept. 25 outside his Destin home.

"He said he thought he heard a Harley coming down the street," Moore's wife Donna Tingle-Moore told The Log. "He said he turned and saw a swarm of bees the size of a house."

Tingle-Moore said she figured they were just love bugs, and didn't think much of it. About two hours later, her neighbor called and said there was something all over Tingle-Moore's red Volkswagen Beetle and RV.

"They were everywhere," Tingle-Moore said.

While that many bees would scare most anyone, Tingle-Moore is allergic to bees, making the situation more perilous.

"I was out there taking the video. My kids will see it on Facebook and they're going to say, 'Mom, we're going to kill you," Tingle-Moore said. "It was a very exciting adventure."

Charles Ray, a research fellow in the Entomology and Plant Pathology department at Auburn University, said honey bees will swarm for one of two reasons: either the colony divided as a large portion of the workers followed a new queen out of the hive, or the entire colony left their home because it was destroyed or no longer inhabitable. Evacuation of the entire hive has become more common in recent years, with the immergence of a new enemy.



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