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Meet The Mares: Honeybuzz · 9:31pm Sep 8th, 2021

There’s only so much that can go into a story, especially one with as many characters as 16 has. So I’m opening the floor to asking these characters questions. Post your reply with any questions you have and Honeybuzz will be happy to answer them (I’ll be editing this blog to add those questions). I’ll be posting the other characters in the coming weeks (up through Snowcatcher; the rest will come after their chapters are posted).

Interview subject #7: Honeybuzz


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Thanks to Feathermay, I discovered that pony names don’t translate to English quite as well as everyone originally thought. What’s the most direct translation of your name?

She Who Buzzes as the Bees and Gathers Honey.

You were on the very first busload of ponies brought to the consulate the day the portal opened. Is that correct?

That’s correct. I was hoof-picked by Starlight Glimmer to come here and look into why Earth’s bee population is collapsing and see if I can reverse the damage.

Relationship status?

Single. Any potential suitors reading this need to keep in mind I come with bees. Lots of bees. They were here first, and if the choice is ‘it’s either me or those bees’ the bees are staying.

Favorite part of living on Earth?

My twin sister will never bother me here. We haven’t spoken in years, except for her to send postcards bragging about her accomplishments. I didn’t leave a forwarding address and Headmare Starlight Glimmer knows to return any future correspondence to sender.

What happened?

My sister had a bad habit of bullying me. She pushed me too far, I struck back, and I think it scared her. It scared me. So I applied to the School of Friendship, moved across country, and never went back. I can’t really say ‘back home’. I just never went back. How sad is it that school became more of a home to me? Now Earth is. I don’t know if I’ll stay here, but I have no reason to go back to Equestria either. At least here I’ve got a purpose.

There was a time I wanted to repair our relationship more than anything else. I saved for months to buy Bumblesweet the gift she most wanted for our shared birthday… and she never even opened it. That’s when I realized there was nothing more I could do. I’m not opposed to reestablishing contact with her, but not if it’s just to continue where we left off. It hurts that we don’t have a good relationship. The other twins I’ve met have very good rapport with one another. I’d love to have that. If we can’t have that, what’s the point?

What’s your favorite song? Specifically, your favorite song that our audience on Earth might know?

Blake Shelton’s Honey Bee.

Favorite TV show?

Elementary. There are also some documentaries I’ve enjoyed, like More Than Honey and Queen of the Sun.

Favorite movie?

Bumblebee. I know it’s about giant transforming robots, but I love that the main character is named Bumblebee. Though it would make more sense if he transformed into a Datsun Honey Bee or Dodge Super Bee. Beetles aren’t bees.

Speaking of cars, do you have a vehicle?

A 1976 Datsun Honey Bee.*

*No picture because I haven’t shot one. These things rusted out quickly and are probably extinct here in the Northeast.

What do you miss about Equestria?

Beekeeping was easier in Equestria. But that’s obvious, considering I came here to discover the reason behind Colony Collapse Disorder.

Emil: What was the favorite food/drink that you discovered on human-Earth?

There’s a lot of overlap between our foods. While humans don’t eat daffodils or daisies, they’re available. The biggest difference is that humans have a much wider variety of food choices, due to being omnivores. There’s meat, poultry, seafood, etc. – things ponies wouldn’t be interested in eating. Well, most ponies wouldn’t be interested in. I’ve heard rumors that some ponies have tried such things. Most of the rest of the new foods fall into the ‘junk food’ category. Most of those are more like chemistry experiments than food. Have you read the ingredients labels on the things you eat?

I haven’t tried most human foods. But I’ve tried honey, of course. But that’s not really a fair comparison, because honey’s taste varies due to the nectar collected by the bees. Different plants grow in different areas. Honey can even be toxic if collected from plants that are poisonous to humans or ponies, but have no ill-effect to bees.

Bahamuttone: Well... Have you read the ingredient list of a banana? I mean if you go at it in the same way and list what makes it.

I haven’t, though to be fair Daisy’s our resident chemist. I would have to look half those ingredients up to know what they are. Going by your chart, bananas don’t contain phosphoric acid. From what I understand, this is used as a preservative and as a tangy flavoring in drinks like soda. It’s also used as an anti-rust treatment and is known to cause dental erosion. I assume it’s safe to eat or stores wouldn’t be able to sell it, but ‘also used to prevent rust’ isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement for a beverage. Still probably better than the tap water here in New Jersey.

I probably don’t want to know what honey would look like broken down into base components like that.

Dan: Do you know the Nord Mead Song?

I’m afraid not, though I do know how to make mead.

Dan: Mead is not a wine, even though some ignorantly call it "honey wine" or even blasphemously adulterate it with grapes.

Heathens, all of them.

BirdsBooksBrownies: There's a beverage you might consider trying out as it gets closer to the holiday months called Mead (I don't know if that's a thing in Equestria). It's pretty popular on Earth. It's a fermented wine made from honey.

As you can imagine, with beekeeping being a low margin business, my family’s explored a number of different ways of preparing honey. We have several mead recipes, some of which have been passed down for generations. The problem is mead isn’t all that popular in Equestria. Cider’s the beverage of choice for most ponies.

With everything I’ve seen recently flavored with ‘pumpkin spice’, I’ve considered making a pumpkin spice honey. I hate the idea of selling out like that, but if it’s profitable… Beekeeping’s gone from being my livelihood to my hobby and a side job. My purpose for keeping bees these days is to determine what’s causing Colony Collapse Disorder. That means I’m not keeping enough bees to be self-sufficient, and anything that helps offset my costs is good.

BirdsBooksBrownies: I find Equestria to be a fascinating place from the stories I've read. Also as something of a home cook and tea lover, I often keep a bottle of honey around for experimenting or just sweetening my tea.

Honey is the best sweetener for tea, but I’m more than a little biased.

Spamotron: My understanding is that there are local communities of professional and hobbyist beekeepers all over who are pretty welcoming and close-knit. How did your introduction to the New Jersey Beekeepers go?

Really well! In addition to sharing beekeeping as a hobby, they were really curious to hear about Equestrian beekeeping techniques. We compared various ways of doing things, and they were really impressed with my buzzing. A couple of the others in the group recorded me buzzing with their phones and they’re going to see if it works for them too. If so, I’ll happily make recordings for anybody that wants one.

Snowliasion: Your favorite colleague oh lover of pollinating insects?

Daisy Dreams. She does most of the hotel’s landscaping, so we often work together to make sure we optimize our talents.

Dan: What do bees think of a bear hanging from a balloon, claiming to be a raincloud?

I don’t know? I can’t really talk to the bees. Bears often steal honey from bees, smashing open the hives to eat bees and their larvae also, so I suppose they might sting the balloon in hopes of popping it, and causing them to have one less potential predator.

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Most of those are more like chemistry experiments than food. Have you read the ingredients labels on the things you eat?

Well... Have you read the ingredient list of a banana? I mean if you go at it in the same way and list what makes it ^^;;;
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Bananas creep me out. Abominations of nature they are.

There's a beverage you might consider trying out as it gets closer to the holiday months called Mead (I don't know if that's a thing in Equestria). It's pretty popular on Earth. It's a fermented wine made from honey.

As to the dating thing, I am honestly a little afraid of bees (a bad experience back when I was really really young) but I would NEVER presume to say something like "your life's passion or me". But If you ever happened to travel the country for your job and happened to be in my neck of the woods I would not be opposed to offering to take you out for coffee or something.

I find Equestria to be a fascinating place from the stories I've read. Also as something of a home cook and tea lover, I often keep a bottle of honey around for experimenting or just sweetening my tea.

My understanding is that there are local communities of professional and hobbyist beekeepers all over who are pretty welcoming and close-knit. How did your introduction to the New Jersey Beekeepers go?

Dan

Mead is not a wine, even though some ignorami call it "honey wine" or even blasphemously adulterate it with grapes.

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Thank you for your questions and comments! :pinkiehappy: I've added them to the blog with responses.

I'm surprised that there's no novel honey-related food on Earth that's caught her attention!

Dan

What do bees think of a bear hanging from a balloon, claiming to be a raincloud?

And as per norm, your favorite colleague oh lover of pollinating insects?

"It’s also used an anti-rust treatment"
"It’s also used as an anti-rust treatment"?

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Thank you for your questions! :pinkiehappy: I've added them to the blog with responses.

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