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So we purchased and planted these Blue Mist Shrubs just for the color combo factor only to find that it is a bee magnet. I can remember on a few occasions seeing at least 20-30 bees at a time on these babies! And they bloom late summer and last for about 4 weeks so it keeps the bees around for a long time. On another note, can anyone settle the argument for us here as to what type of bee these are in the video? Bumble or Carpenter?

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Those don't look or fly like carpenter bees to me. I'm not a bee expert but I did have a case of carpenter bees in an old deck last summer.
 
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I have educated myself on bees alot the last few months. you are very correct. these are Bumble Bees for sure.
 
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