Swarm of 15,000 bees sparks terror in residential street as they cover garden wall in just 15 minutes and fill the air

A HUGE swarm of 15,000 bees have sparked terror in a residental street after they filled the air in just 15 minutes.

The creatures gathered in mass on a wall on Rupert street, Whitburn, South Tyneside to the shock of locals.


Videos shows a huge swarm congregate on the wall while others fly around the air at rapid speed.

Thankfully, beekeepers Jodie Newbrook and Christine Cajiao came to the Rescue within a couple of hours and removed the insects.

Jodie, who has been a beekeeper for two years, claims the bees were there because of swarming season – which happens around the spring.

The 39-year-old, of Gateshead, said: "In the winter, bees hibernate, but in the spring sometimes the bees realise the hive is too big and has to split up.

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"They hatch another queen but the original queen must leave as you can't have two in the same hive.

"The original queen will take half of the hive and the other will find a new home.

"But, bees can only fly three miles at a time and will stop to rest, which is how they end up on walls, trees and people's streets.

"People are so scared of bees, especially when they're swarming as they're very loud and in huge quantities but they're actually the most docile when they are swarming.

"Their bellies are full of honey to create the next hive and because they're so full they don't get the stingers out.

"They sit in a ball like that because the queen is in the middle and they are protecting her but the ones swarming around are looking for a new home."

The beekeeper took the hive back to her allotment where she will transfer them to a new hive.

She added: "There was 15,000 bees there so it's definitely a big hive.

"I took them back and I'll transfer them to a new hive today.

"Whenever there's a swarm bee keepers rush to it as a hive can cost you £200 but you can get it for free."

Similarly back in 2017, a swarm of 12,000 bees invaded a family's back garden.

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The family said the huge mass of insects formed a heaving mass on their fence – for the second time in a year.

It is understood that the all-female swarm landed in the property in Northfield, Birmingham, after the queen bee called for a pit stop.


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