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Sumac is a magnet for insects. It's a welcome source of nectar and pollen in August and September.  There are several native species of Rhus and they're common in old fields and right of ways.  

Take a few minutes to observe the activity on these plants and you'll see wasps, bumble bees, Carpenter bees, honey bees, flies, and butterflies.

Honey bee on Shining Sumac on Cumberland Island

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Carpenter Bee on Shining Sumac on Cumberland Island

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Carpenter Bee on Shining Sumac on Cumberland Island (Note there are no stripes on the body and it's not hairy. Bumble bees are hairy and have yellow stripes.)

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Honey Bee on Shining Sumac on Farm in Sharpsburg

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Sweat Bee on Shining Sumac on Cumberland Island

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