A swarm of thousands of honeybees caused alarm as it descended on a popular seafront pier in Dorset.
Holidaymakers fled as the estimated 20,000 bees gathered on Bournemouth Pier on Tuesday afternoon.
Pest control official Nic Wedge said: "They were simply trying to find a new place to nest and not capable of causing harm to the public."
A cordon was placed around the nest and the queen bee was placed into a container for the workers to follow.
The container was then transferred to a private apiary - a place where bees are kept.
Bee expert Koos Biesmeijer said that honeybees started to swarm and look for a new nest from late April to early June.
Mr Biesmeijer, a research fellow in ecology at the University of Leeds, said: "Twenty thousand bees sounds like an awful lot but it's really a normal size. A colony can have up to 50,000 bees."