Honey Queen

I am Mary Reisinger, the 2020 American Honey Queen. I am from Texas, and I am a senior at the University of Texas at Dallas, studying speech-language pathology. I am an active volunteer in the Collin County Beekeepers Association and currently tend to six hives of bees. My interests, in addition to beekeeping, include reading, hiking, camping, church, and catching up on current research.
Image courtesy of David Loeb
As the American Honey Queen, I am a spokesperson for the American Beekeeping Federation, the national organization for beekeepers. I travel across the United States promoting beekeeping, educating the public, and representing the over 200,000 beekeepers in the United States. The American Honey Princess, Sydnie, and I are working very hard this year to promote honey, and we would love to be able to come talk at your school or other special events! I'd love to answer any questions you have about honeybees or beekeeping. Simply submit your question under the Questions tab of the blog or email me at buzzingacrossamerica@gmail.com.

Where in America is Queen Mary?
  • January 7-12 – Illinois – American Beekeeping Federation Convention
  • January 13 – Texas (local beekeeping club meeting)
  • January 21-25 – New Jersey (New Jersey Honey Show & Capitol visit)
  • January 29-February 4 – Wisconsin (media training and school presentations)
  • February 5-15 – Florida (State Fair)
  • February 20-23 – Minnesota (University of Minnesota Beekeeping course and school presentations)
  • February 28-March 1 – Indiana (Indiana Bee School)
  • March 2-8 – Kentucky (Bluegrass Bee School & community presentations)
  • March 27 – Facebook Live presentation
  • June 4 – New Jersey (virtual school presentation)
  • June 5 – Texas (radio interview)
  • June 10 – Facebook Live presentation
  • June 13 – Kansas (virtual Bee Fun Day)
  • June 16 – Texas (City Council meeting)
  • June 30 – Minnesota (virtual beekeeping meeting)
  • July 2-5 – North Carolina (media training)
  • July 7 – American Beekeeping Federation Delegates meeting
  • August 5 – Maryland (University of Maryland summer camp)
  • August 11 – Hawaii (virtual beekeeping organization presentation)
  • September 2-5 -  Indiana (farmers’ markets)
  • September 16 – Pennsylvania (virtual school presentation)
  • September 2-5 -  Indiana (farmers’ markets)
  • September 16 – Pennsylvania (virtual school presentation)
  • September 24 – Tennessee (virtual school presentations)
  • September 29 – Texas (virtual homeschool presentation)
  • October 2 – Texas (virtual school presentation)
  • October 7 – Nevada (virtual school presentations)
  • October 8 – Texas (virtual homeschool presentation)
  • October 12 – Texas (school presentation)
  • October 14-19 – Arizona (home and garden show)
  • October 17 – Maine (virtual beekeeping organization convention)
  • October 28 – Oregon (virtual beekeeping organization convention)
  • October 30 – Texas (homeschool presentation)
  • November 12-13 – Nevada (virtual school presentations)
  • November 14 – Texas (American Heritage Girls Troop presentation)


  1. hello my name is Tova,
    i was at your good shepherd visit i have a question for you? What would happen if a worker bee stung a drone bee

    1. Hi Tova!
      I really enjoyed visiting your school! Normally worker bees don't sting drones. Drones don't have stingers and physically can not do much in the bee hive, so in the winter they get kicked out. If a drone was stung by a worker bee though, the drone would probably die.


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