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Spotted: Bees swarm car in South Philly

When waking up to drive to work in the morning, a swarm of bees surrounding your car is not a welcome sight.


Earlier this week that was the case for this South Philly car owner. This episode of Spotted is a photo shared on Reddit that shows a car with a pretty substantial amount of bees surrounding it.

Unfortunately for the bees, this story didn’t end in much of a positive light. According to the Reddit post, instead of contacting a beekeeper to remove and relocate this swarm, the owner took the situation into their own hands and exterminated the bees. 



24 Responses to Spotted: Bees swarm car in South Philly

  1. spf5000 May 11, 2016 at 11:25 am #

    Those are clearly honey bees looking for a new home. Dang almost coulda had free local honey for life! That stuff is liquid gold, it sells for $18/lb or more! A colony that size prolly makes at least 50lbs in a season, maybe up to 100lbs. Ka-ching! Or just Raid cuz I’m terrified of my own shadow.

    • lester burham May 12, 2016 at 2:18 pm #

      I am sure they are worth money spf5000, but did you ever stop to think why there are no bee farms in south philly ? where are we going to store the bees on our roof tops ? c mon man

      • DriveByCurmudgeon May 12, 2016 at 4:59 pm #

        You’re kidding right?

      • DJ Joey FM May 13, 2016 at 12:35 pm #

        Haha, what? Is this a troll account or do you really not understand how beekeeping works?

      • Steve May 19, 2016 at 12:54 pm #

        There actually is a bee farm (sort of) in South Philly, on the roof of Paradiso. They have hives on the roof that produce the honey they use.

  2. Chris May 11, 2016 at 12:41 pm #

    Should be a cruelty to animals case. A shame this man killed so many potentially threatened animals, rather than wait for the authorities to take control.

    • ST May 11, 2016 at 2:58 pm #

      Have you ever made a request Animal Control? I called them once for a turtle in my yard (no clue how it ended up in my teeny concrete slab of a yard), and by the time the nice AC man got there (days later) the poor thing was dead, despite my efforts to keep it alive…but then again what do I know about random city turtles? Was this person supposed to play beekeeper and end up hurting himself and the bees in the process? Or go back into his/her house and miss a couple of days of work and endanger passersby until AC shows up? (I am all about saving bees, just being realistic here…this is a sucky situation for both the car owner and the bees, if they even are bees, lots of wasps in Philly that look a lot like bees)

      • joy May 11, 2016 at 9:59 pm #

        Pick up turtle. Put in box. Drive to Fairmount Park or walk to FDR Park. No dead turtle.

    • lester burham May 12, 2016 at 2:15 pm #

      you have issues if you think this is cruelty to animals . they are insects, not animals. so, in your way of thinking, anyone that has killed a roach, mosquito ,fly, should be accused of cruelty to animals?

      the city is very crowded with people. you do not have time to wait . this person should be hoisted on shoulders, most likely diverted a bigger problem by acting not waiting.
      cmon man

  3. BA May 11, 2016 at 9:15 pm #

    Seriously? This poor person cleans of their car to go to work and it’s cruelty to animals? Call a beekeeper to rehive??? Some people just live in a different reality.

  4. PhiladelphiaBeeCo May 11, 2016 at 9:17 pm #

    Should anyone see a swarm please let us know. We take swarms for free. Swarms may be from feral colonies that are not managed by beekeepers. That means those bees might be acclimated to Philadelphia, which makes them even more valuable than honey can produce. Their genetic line may well be our best shot at turning our losses around.

    Please contact us with any bee issues or questions. We really appreciate the help.

    - Don

    Philadelphia Bee Co. Owner

    Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild President

    • Lizziehope May 12, 2016 at 10:00 am #

      Wow–who knew there was a beekeepers guild in the city. Thanks for the info–I hope I never have to use it on my car but its good to know.
      Now if you could just take care of the cats in my alley, I’d be set.

  5. DriveByCurmudgeon May 12, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    How hard is it to Google something to find help? Post about a harmless turtle anywhere on the web and assistance would arrive, Oh Helpless One, ST. Get a ride to work and let the bees fly away. Contact a bee keeper and it would be handled for you. What is it like to stumble through life being so afraid, stupid, and irresponsible?

    • lester burham May 12, 2016 at 2:23 pm #

      help does not arrive that quickly I do not think you are getting that part. meantime people have to live in the area . it is a danger , and convoluted thinking to assume the bees would just fly away. even if they did where are they going to fly? through and around people.

      what if people are allergic to bee stings? now we have people in anaphylactic shock in city, because people like you have to live politically correct every moment .

      this generation is wimps. shame. this guy did the right thing

    • ST May 12, 2016 at 2:25 pm #

      Thank you for the laugh Curmudgeon. A simple Google search told me to not touch it because it may be diseased, give it water, light food, and to call Animal Control. What’s it like to always be right?

      • DriveByCurmudgeon May 12, 2016 at 3:05 pm #

        Gloves? Phone-a-friend? Am I right again?

        • ST May 12, 2016 at 3:38 pm #

          Yes, always. I’m sure you have loads of friends.

          • DriveByCurmudgeon May 12, 2016 at 5:36 pm #

            I have 6 friends. There’s my cat, my aunt who lives upstairs, the cashier at the corner store, and my pen-pals from Graterford.

      • Joy May 12, 2016 at 5:50 pm #

        Upgrade to Google Chrome!

  6. Joe White May 13, 2016 at 8:23 am #

    I saw this! I’m a real estate agent and I was with a client looking to buy a home in the Passyunk Square area and we came upon this. She took it as a good sign and was cheery the remaining house we looked at.

  7. Bonnie May 13, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

    To the person with the turtle: animal control is a joke. They would have killed the turtle anyway. Shame.

    To the person who killed the bees: Take a bus to work. Another shame.

  8. Janet f. May 22, 2016 at 5:13 pm #

    What lock was this on?

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