Bees swarm on late model Mini at car yard

SARAH DUNN
Last updated 13:50 26/03/2014
swarm of bees
GARY MCGREGOR

BEES IN THE BOOT: A swarm of bees on the rear hatch of a Mini at The Car Company yesterday.

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A Nelson car yard has had an unlikely swarm of visitors - thousands of bees that showed a liking for a late model Mini.

Car Company staff took refuge in the office yesterday afternoon as the swarm made a beeline for the Rutherford St yard.

Sales manager Gary McGregor said the insects soon settled on a late-model Mini.

Mr McGregor said the car's boot had been open and some of the bees went inside but the majority blanketed the top of the hatch.

"They semi-filled the car up as well as the door."

The bees were not aggressive and nobody was stung, he said. Within half an hour, a contractor recommended by the council removed the swarm by sweeping it into a box with a brush.

Secretary of the Nelson branch of the NZ Beekeepers Association, Ian Henbrey, said he thought there were about 15,000 to 20,000 bees in the picture supplied by the Nelson Mail. The swarm was made up of domestic Italian bees, likely to have come from a beekeeper's hive within about 2 kilometres of the Car Company's lot.

Mr Henbrey said it was late in the season for such a swarm to be active. Swarms were typically active in the spring when bees were breeding.

"It's a natural thing for bees to do, to build up their numbers and divide, thereby multiplying."

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- The Nelson Mail

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