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This is the moment a sleepy pride of lions had their afternoon snooze in the shade interrupted by a furious swarm of bees.

The lions struggled to defend themselves when the insects launched an attack near a watering hole in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa.

Despite their fierce reputation, the big cats were too slow to swat the angry bees away and become increasingly frustrated in the 40C heat.

” alt=”Buzz off: Pictures captured the moment a sleepy pride of lions had their afternoon snooze in the shade interrupted by a furious swarm of bees” width=”962″ height=”686″ data-gallery-handler-attached=”true” data-recalc-dims=”1″ data-ll-status=”loaded” data-lazy-src=”https://i0.wp.com/i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/03/09/12/3205CB6200000578-0-image-a-95_1457527517901.jpg?resize=962%2C686&ssl=1″ />

Buzz off: Pictures captured the moment a sleepy pride of lions had their afternoon snooze in the shade interrupted by a furious swarm of bees

” alt=”Ouch: The lions struggled to defend themselves when the insects descended en masse near a wateringhole in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa” width=”962″ height=”708″ data-gallery-handler-attached=”true” data-recalc-dims=”1″ data-ll-status=”loaded” data-lazy-src=”https://i0.wp.com/i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/03/09/12/3205D23C00000578-0-image-a-98_1457527523271.jpg?resize=962%2C708&ssl=1″ />

Ouch: The lions struggled to defend themselves when the insects descended en masse near a wateringhole in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

” alt=”Despite their fierce reputation, the big cats were too slow to swat the attacking bees and become increasingly frustrated in the 40C heat” width=”962″ height=”638″ data-gallery-handler-attached=”true” data-recalc-dims=”1″ data-ll-status=”loaded” data-lazy-src=”https://i0.wp.com/i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/03/09/12/3205CB2200000578-0-image-a-100_1457527531544.jpg?resize=962%2C638&ssl=1″ />

Despite their fierce reputation, the big cats were too slow to swat the attacking bees and become increasingly frustrated in the 40C heat

” alt=”Sting in the tail: The African bee is known to be more aggressive than European honey bees and while their sting is no more venomous, they usually attack in greater numbers and target more frequently” width=”962″ height=”641″ data-gallery-handler-attached=”true” data-recalc-dims=”1″ data-ll-status=”loaded” data-lazy-src=”https://i0.wp.com/i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/03/09/12/3205D13A00000578-0-image-a-101_1457527551033.jpg?resize=962%2C641&ssl=1″ />

Sting in the tail: The African bee is known to be more aggressive than European honey bees and while their sting is no more venomous, they usually attack in greater numbers and target more frequently

The African bee is known to be more aggressive than European honey bees and while their sting is no more venomous, they usually attack in greater numbers and target more frequently.

The pictures, captured by wildlife photographer Andrew Forsyth, 47, who likened the scenes to a boxing match.

He said: ‘It was like watching a contest between a lightweight and heavyweight boxer, with the lightweight just moving around scoring with little jabs that slowly wore the opponent down.’

” alt=”Little and large: The pictures, captured by wildlife photographer Andrew Forsyth, 47, who likened the scenes to a boxing match” width=”962″ height=”641″ data-gallery-handler-attached=”true” data-recalc-dims=”1″ data-ll-status=”loaded” data-lazy-src=”https://i0.wp.com/i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/03/09/12/3205CE0800000578-0-image-a-104_1457527554861.jpg?resize=962%2C641&ssl=1″ />

Little and large: The pictures, captured by wildlife photographer Andrew Forsyth, 47, who likened the scenes to a boxing match

” alt=”On the attack: Kalahari lioness shielding face from African bees at Craig Lockhart waterhole, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park” width=”962″ height=”641″ data-gallery-handler-attached=”true” data-recalc-dims=”1″ data-ll-status=”loaded” data-lazy-src=”https://i0.wp.com/i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/03/09/12/3205CCFA00000578-0-image-a-106_1457527575753.jpg?resize=962%2C641&ssl=1″ />

On the attack: Kalahari lioness shielding face from African bees at Craig Lockhart waterhole, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

” alt=”While the lion may be Africa’s top predator, it doesn’t mean they always get their own way as this attack from a swarm of bees shows” width=”962″ height=”641″ data-gallery-handler-attached=”true” data-recalc-dims=”1″ data-ll-status=”loaded” data-lazy-src=”https://i0.wp.com/i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/03/09/12/3205CA0000000578-0-image-a-108_1457527583276.jpg?resize=962%2C641&ssl=1″ />

While the lion may be Africa’s top predator, it doesn’t mean they always get their own way as this attack from a swarm of bees shows

” alt=”A bee attacks the nose of a giant lioness which was trying to get some sleep by a wateringhole in the shade in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park” width=”962″ height=”641″ data-gallery-handler-attached=”true” data-recalc-dims=”1″ data-ll-status=”loaded” data-lazy-src=”https://i0.wp.com/i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/03/09/12/3205C9E100000578-0-image-a-109_1457527589878.jpg?resize=962%2C641&ssl=1″ />

A bee attacks the nose of a giant lioness which was trying to get some sleep by a wateringhole in the shade in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

” alt=”Waspish: The bees faced the double frustration of being attacked by bees and losing out on their usual day time sleep in the shade” width=”962″ height=”641″ data-gallery-handler-attached=”true” data-recalc-dims=”1″ data-ll-status=”loaded” data-lazy-src=”https://i0.wp.com/i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/03/09/12/3205CB4600000578-0-image-a-112_1457527592976.jpg?resize=962%2C641&ssl=1″ />

Waspish: The bees faced the double frustration of being attacked by bees and losing out on their usual day time sleep in the shade

” alt=”Irritating: The photographer said the Kalahari lions were relatively easy to spot with daytime temperatures in excess of 40C” width=”962″ height=”641″ data-gallery-handler-attached=”true” data-recalc-dims=”1″ data-ll-status=”loaded” data-lazy-src=”https://i0.wp.com/i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/03/09/12/3205CB5A00000578-0-image-a-114_1457527595568.jpg?resize=962%2C641&ssl=1″ />

Irritating: The photographer said the Kalahari lions were relatively easy to spot with daytime temperatures in excess of 40C

He said the Kalahari lions were relatively easy to spot with daytime temperatures in excess of 40C.

‘Lions spend much of their daytime sleeping so for wildlife photographers most our time with lions is spent waiting for something interesting to happen. The intervention of the bees provided some welcome entertainment, although the lions weren’t amused.’

During the process of photographing the animals, Mr Forsyth himself was stung by one of the bee.

” alt=”Protection: A lioness resorts to covering her eyes with her front left paw as the swarm of bees descends on the entire pride in South Africa” width=”962″ height=”670″ data-gallery-handler-attached=”true” data-recalc-dims=”1″ data-ll-status=”loaded” data-lazy-src=”https://i0.wp.com/i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/03/09/12/3205CEFE00000578-0-image-a-116_1457527605654.jpg?resize=962%2C670&ssl=1″ />

Protection: A lioness resorts to covering her eyes with her front left paw as the swarm of bees descends on the entire pride in South Africa

” alt=”Licking the wounds: A lioness laps at her paws after being attacked by a swarm of bees during her afternoon sleep in the shade” width=”962″ height=”641″ data-gallery-handler-attached=”true” data-recalc-dims=”1″ data-ll-status=”loaded” data-lazy-src=”https://i0.wp.com/i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/03/09/12/3205D16600000578-0-image-a-118_1457527623994.jpg?resize=962%2C641&ssl=1″ />

Licking the wounds: A lioness laps at her paws after being attacked by a swarm of bees during her afternoon sleep in the shade

” alt=”A lioness winces as a swarm of bees attacks her face. The lions were sheltering away from the sweltering 40C heat when the attack happened” width=”962″ height=”641″ data-gallery-handler-attached=”true” data-recalc-dims=”1″ data-ll-status=”loaded” data-lazy-src=”https://i0.wp.com/i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/03/09/12/3205CEE200000578-0-image-a-120_1457527654344.jpg?resize=962%2C641&ssl=1″ />

A lioness winces as a swarm of bees attacks her face. The lions were sheltering away from the sweltering 40C heat when the attack happened

” alt=”Swarm: The photographer said it ‘only took a handful of these aggressive insects buzzing around the lions’ faces and inside their nostrils to ruin the siesta'” width=”962″ height=”641″ data-gallery-handler-attached=”true” data-recalc-dims=”1″ data-ll-status=”loaded” data-lazy-src=”https://i0.wp.com/i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/03/09/12/3205CED200000578-0-image-a-122_1457527656116.jpg?resize=962%2C641&ssl=1″ />

Swarm: The photographer said it ‘only took a handful of these aggressive insects buzzing around the lions’ faces and inside their nostrils to ruin the siesta’

” alt=”Surrounded: A lioness gives up the battle to fight off the bees and, after a while, decides to get up to move to another area” width=”962″ height=”641″ data-gallery-handler-attached=”true” data-recalc-dims=”1″ data-ll-status=”loaded” data-lazy-src=”https://i0.wp.com/i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/03/09/12/3205CEF000000578-0-image-a-128_1457527690456.jpg?resize=962%2C641&ssl=1″ />

Surrounded: A lioness gives up the battle to fight off the bees and, after a while, decides to get up to move to another area

After wasting energy trying to swat the bees away, the frustrated lions eventually decided to up-sticks and retreat to the dunes

He said: ‘The bees came to investigate me whilst I was taking pictures one stung me right on the back.

‘I had to take care to remove the dead bee as they release a pheromone that signals the other bees to attack.

‘It only took a handful of these aggressive insects buzzing around the lions’ faces and inside their nostrils to ruin the siesta, they eventually decided to up-sticks and retreat to the dunes.’

” alt=”Mr Forsyth said the intervention of the bees provided some welcome entertainment during the photo shoot, but ‘the lions weren’t amused'” width=”962″ height=”641″ data-gallery-handler-attached=”true” data-recalc-dims=”1″ data-ll-status=”loaded” data-lazy-src=”https://i0.wp.com/i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/03/09/12/3205CE1200000578-0-image-a-126_1457527683928.jpg?resize=962%2C641&ssl=1″ />

Mr Forsyth said the intervention of the bees provided some welcome entertainment during the photo shoot, but ‘the lions weren’t amused’

” alt=”Not amused: A lioness flicks her ears and roars as yet another wave of bees start attacking her face. The pride eventually found somewhere else to sleep” width=”962″ height=”641″ data-gallery-handler-attached=”true” data-recalc-dims=”1″ data-ll-status=”loaded” data-lazy-src=”https://i0.wp.com/i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/03/09/12/3205D00600000578-0-image-a-135_1457527733693.jpg?resize=962%2C641&ssl=1″ />

Not amused: A lioness flicks her ears and roars as yet another wave of bees start attacking her face. The pride eventually found somewhere else to sleep

” alt=”Mr Forsyth said the scene was like ‘watching a contest between a lightweight and heavyweight boxer, with the lightweight just moving around scoring with little jabs that slowly wore the opponent down'” width=”962″ height=”641″ data-gallery-handler-attached=”true” data-recalc-dims=”1″ data-ll-status=”loaded” data-lazy-src=”https://i0.wp.com/i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/03/09/12/3205CCAD00000578-0-image-a-138_1457527740832.jpg?resize=962%2C641&ssl=1″ />

Mr Forsyth said the scene was like ‘watching a contest between a lightweight and heavyweight boxer, with the lightweight just moving around scoring with little jabs that slowly wore the opponent down’

” alt=”Evasive action: One of the lionesses lay down on her side and covered her eyes and nose as the African bees moved in ” width=”962″ height=”612″ data-gallery-handler-attached=”true” data-recalc-dims=”1″ data-ll-status=”loaded” data-lazy-src=”https://i0.wp.com/i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/03/09/12/3205CCC600000578-0-image-a-140_1457527745869.jpg?resize=962%2C612&ssl=1″ />

Evasive action: One of the lionesses lay down on her side and covered her eyes and nose as the African bees moved in

” alt=”The dramatic pictures were taken a short distance from the Craig Lockhart watering hole in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa” width=”962″ height=”636″ data-gallery-handler-attached=”true” data-recalc-dims=”1″ data-ll-status=”loaded” data-lazy-src=”https://i0.wp.com/i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/03/09/12/3205CACB00000578-0-image-a-132_1457527715169.jpg?resize=962%2C636&ssl=1″ />

The dramatic pictures were taken a short distance from the Craig Lockhart watering hole in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

” alt=”The photographer said he was also stung when the bees came to investigate as he was taking pictures of the pride of lions” width=”962″ height=”641″ data-gallery-handler-attached=”true” data-recalc-dims=”1″ data-ll-status=”loaded” data-lazy-src=”https://i0.wp.com/i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/03/09/12/3205D15600000578-0-image-a-133_1457527718936.jpg?resize=962%2C641&ssl=1″ />

The photographer said he was also stung when the bees came to investigate as he was taking pictures of the pride of lions

” alt=”These dramatic pictures were taken during a wildlife-spotting trip by the 47-year-old photographer Andrew Forsyth” width=”962″ height=”641″ data-gallery-handler-attached=”true” data-recalc-dims=”1″ data-ll-status=”loaded” data-lazy-src=”https://i0.wp.com/i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/03/09/13/3205D18300000578-0-image-a-142_1457529514252.jpg?resize=962%2C641&ssl=1″ />

These dramatic pictures were taken during a wildlife-spotting trip by the 47-year-old photographer Andrew Forsyth

” alt=”A close up picture shows how one of the bees landed on the lioness’s face as she was trying to get some sleep in the shade” width=”962″ height=”1285″ data-gallery-handler-attached=”true” data-recalc-dims=”1″ data-ll-status=”loaded” data-lazy-src=”https://i0.wp.com/i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/03/09/13/3205CB2E00000578-0-image-a-145_1457529526863.jpg?resize=962%2C1285&ssl=1″ />

A close up picture shows how one of the bees landed on the lioness’s face as she was trying to get some sleep in the shade

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