I was out power kiting on Dunstable Downs in Bedfordshire last night with two friends and packed up at around 9.15pm. We were walking back to our motorbikes in the car park when thousands of huge bumble bee things about the size of a golf ball started to swarm all over the place . They were all over anything that stuck up out of the ground - people, cars, posts, pay and display machines etc etc. It was horrible! Has anyone experienced anything similar and can anyone perhaps identify what they were? Also if anyone lives near or has visited Dunstable Downs witnessed this swarmbefore? I go up there quite frequently to go kiting but it has always been during the day time and never that late so I don't know if its a regular occurance. It coincided exactly with sunset! It was very very scary especially as I suffer from anaphylactic shock as a result of bee/wasp stings amongst other things!!
I remember when we lived in Milton Keynes, a long time ago now, we had parked up on some common ground in Bedfordshire for a bite to eat. I know Dunstable Downs by the way
We sat out in the open, suddenly I shouted to Wood as this swarm of wasps attacked him from nowhere and seemed to follow him everywhere. They suddenly appeared from behind the Blackberry bushes, but what set them off to attack, I couldn't say. I know it was a frightening experience at the time
You need to carry the Epipen on you, being as you are that alergic..........
yeah I have to take my epi-pen with me everywhere not only because of stings but I have severe food allergies so I have to be very careful!! Thats not good about the wasps! Luckily these bees weren't aggressive so none of us were stung but they were very persistant!
Post by sithmaster676 on Jul 12, 2007 20:21:49 GMT
bees are generally less aggressive than wasps as it costs a bee's life to sting something, whereas wasps can sting as many times as they wish. sorry to hear about your confrontation with the bees, especially seeming you are allergic. Sithmaster676