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

Carpenter Bee on Shining Sumac on Cumberland Island

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.)

Honey Bee on Shining Sumac on Farm in Sharpsburg

Sweat Bee on Shining Sumac on Cumberland Island

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