They weren't the only ones! I pulled a lawn chair into a thicket and just sat for a few moments, enjoying the sweet aroma and the warm sun.
The video above shows some of what I saw. How I wish it could convey what all my senses perceived!
Also I wish I could convey my gratitude for the harmony of this season. Last spring there was discord! Warm spells brought out blossoms and pollinators only to have them zapped by frosts. Insects re-emerged but were killed by freezing rain. It was mid to late summer before butterflies appeared again.
But this year, synchronization prevailed. When plum flowers opened, pollinators were there to greet them. And when the plums faded, the fragrant sumacs came into flower. Nectar-loving insects moved seamlessly between the species. Everyone found what they needed.
Pollinators at work create a hectic scene. Are they all on a sugar high--zipping crazily from flower to flower? But they seem less manic and more prudent when one thinks about the spiders and wheel bugs that lurk among the flowers.
The video below shows some of the visitors I saw on fragrant sumac.
Flowering shrubs! I am in awe of your transcendent powers. You sprout not only leaves, branches, and flowers, but also, by attracting pollinators, an enveloping aura of color and motion. What is you and what is them? These visitors from the Animal Kingdom are as much a part of you as vegetable matter. You are interaction. Boundaries and definitions are not for you.
You are rooted to the spot, but inside winged insects, your sugary nectar takes off for the skies.