May 16, 2014 2:04 pm

Thousands of bees swarm shop window, car in London

A woman huddles up as she walks past a swarm of about 5,000 honeybees that have been attracted to a discount sign on the window of a shop in central London, Friday, May 16, 2014, turning the fashion store display into a carpet of insects. It is understood the unusual nesting place was picked by the Queen bee, who landed there first and was quickly followed by her devoted colony. (AP Photo/PA, Philip Toscano)

AP Photo/PA, Philip Toscano

TORONTO –  Professional bee keepers were called to remove thousands of honeybees that swarmed the outside of a store, the inside of a car and a playground in central London Friday.

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About 5,000 honeybees were attracted to a discount sign on the window of a Topshop on Victoria Street.  The unusual nesting place was “believed to be picked by the Queen bee, who landed there first and was quickly followed by her devoted colony.”

Passers by check out a swarm of about 5,000 honeybees that have been attracted to a discount sign on the window of a shop in central London, Friday, May 16, 2014, turning the fashion store display into a carpet of insects. It is understood the unusual nesting place was picked by the Queen bee, who landed there first and was quickly followed by her devoted colony.

AP Photo/PA, Philip Toscano

A primary school also shut down after the insects invaded the school’s playground.


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George Heal, a 21-year-old marine biology student, said he was surprised to see about 20,000 bees descend on his Nissan Micra.

“One of my housemates pointed my car out to me and it was just surrounded by bees,” he said. “It’s not something you see every day. I believe they are all gone now but I will definitely be checking the car before I get in it.”

Experts say its not unusual for honeybees to swarm around and set up new hives at this time of year.

It is unclear where the bees originally came from, although some shops in the area have their own hives says the BBC.

The insects were moved by local beekeepers to a temporary hive.

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