A TAUNTON resident shared a video showing a “terrifying” large swarm of bees.

Kellie Louise Rawle posted the video her husband took at the top of Kingston Road/Gladstone Street yesterday afternoon, Wednesday, May 4.

She said: “It was actually rather terrifying, especially with five young children in tow. You are in the thick of it before you know it.”

She also explained how her husband went out to take a video after she told him what was going on.


Why do bees swarm?

A honeybee colony swarming is a natural process, according to the British Beekeepers Association.

It's the colony reproducing by the old queen leaving with some of the bees. They leave their hive and find somewhere to hang in a cluster until the scout bees decide on their new home.

Swarming bees usually don’t sting, The BBKA says, but it is wise to stay away from the swarm and keep children & pets indoors.

Social media response

Since sharing the video on Facebook group, Taunton Matters, Kellie's post has attracted hundreds of reactions.

One commenter said: "I saw them swarming as a was out walking, a sight to behold. Hopefully all safe now."

Another praised a person who came to the rescue, saying: "An amazing bee keeper came and saved the rest of the bees."