A huge swarm of busy bees created an un-bee-lievable buzz at Marion Shopping Centre yesterday.
Up to 20,000 swarming bees found a surprising new home on the back of a black Jeep Patriot, parked in the south-west end of the centre’s carpark.
But SA Museum bee expert Mark Stevens says the explanation for the new hive is simple – it’s spring time.
“The daughters (of the queens) are starting new hives,” Associate Professor Stevens says.
He says it is unusual that the bees congregated on the back of a car but “it’s one of those things that can happen”.
Beekeeper Andrew Thompson came to the rescue yesterday afternoon.
Mr Thompson, of Salisbury, says he dressed up in protective gear and gently led the bees into a box with his hand.
He says the rescued bees will be housed in a backyard apiary.