I am a retired mechanical engineer who has an avid interest in bugs. In particular, I am interested in a little black bee called a Mason Bee (osmia lignaria). Early one spring, I first discovered this black “fly” on some flowers. That was about 11 years ago. From that time forward I have researched books, the internet and journalized from my own observations. I continue to document my research (actually my curiosity) with the use of my 4th generation digital camera (Nikon Coolpix S6800).

Sherian A. Wright

Amateur Naturalist

I’ve created several nesting units: wood blocks with 5/16-inch drilled holes; bamboo cut lengths of about 6 - 8 inches; soda straws (even though plastic is not really recommended); and made as well as purchased bee straws. To further my experiments, I purchased what is called an “observation box” so that the egg - larva - cocoon stage can be seen. The bees, in turn, have provided their own nesting sites in wind chimes, window sills, roof eaves, recessed holes in patio furniture and the patio umbrella to name a few.

My husband, Malcolm, and I live on over 3 acres of forest and wetland. I don’t have to travel far from my kitchen door to witness nature in action. Our homestead is basically a reserve for any critter that chooses to abide here. With my camera ever-ready, I’ve uncovered and discovered numerous types of bugs, and as a result I’ll be documenting my finds on this web site.

My enthusiasm and documentation of our local mason bees has allowed me to put together information as a slide show-video talk for various groups, including schools, master gardeners, garden clubs and nurseries.