Need some help naming this plant/tree please

Nixon88August 19, 2013

I could use your help naming what this plant/tree? I found tons of them up in a clear cut forest area about to be developed, like how they look and wouldn't mind transplanting one. Also threw in a couple interesting bug photos, bug was found on the mysterious plant seems to be eating it. Deer also seem to be eating it. Sorry in advance if this is a no brainer or been posted before, my green thumb mom is on vacation! She gets the brunt of my plant questions.

Thanks for any help!

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Nixon88

More pictures

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 12:01AM
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Nixon88

Interesting Bug or cocoon...

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 12:03AM
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Nixon88

and a really cool looking caterpillar looks like.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 12:04AM
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donna_in_sask

Elm (Ulmus)?

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 1:31AM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

The caterpillar is probably some sort of tussock moth larva. Maybe the sycamore tussock moth, maybe the banded tussock moth, maybe something else. In any case, probably with extreme coloration for its type.

The various tussock moths do vary quite a bit in coloration and hairiness.

In GW, you can also try the Butterfly forum (part of the Nature Forums):
http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/butterfly/

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 1:50AM
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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

Red Alder.

That stand of seedlings? Consider whether you want to commit to pulling those from your gardens yearly, I easily yank a couple of hundred a year and there are no alder on my property, only nearby.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 2:10AM
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Nixon88

Awesome thanks for the info, googled and that's it! and I don't think I will be bringing it to my yard any time soon lol thanks

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 3:49AM
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carolb_w_fl(zone 9/10)

The 'cocoon' is/was a pupating ladybug, I believe - it looks empty to me...

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 12:15PM
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larry_gene

(responding to a request from another thread)
The caterpillar has some features of the tussock or tiger moths, but I don't know which one. Tussock cats tend to have groupings of orderly bristles rather than the mostly random bristles in the above image.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 1:06AM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

Thank you!

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 1:20AM
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