The Crossings

at the Great Cacapon

Critters & Canopy

Paw Paw

A little-known native of the eastern United States, paw paw fruit has yellow-green skin and soft, orange flesh with a creamy, custard-like consistency and a delicious, sweet flavor.

The paw paw tree (Asimina triloba) is indigenous to 26 states in the United States, growing wild from the Gulf Coast up to the Great Lakes region. It's a favorite host plant of the zebra swallowtail butterfly, whose larvae feed on the leaves.

To watch a video on how to cut and serve the Paw Paw fruit - click here

For more information on the Paw Paw - click here

paw paw



Carpenter Bees

Carpenter bees (the genus Xylocopa in the subfamily Xylocopinae) are large bees distributed worldwide. There are some 500 species of carpenter bee in 31 subgenera.[1] Their name comes from the fact that nearly all species build their nests in burrows in dead wood, bamboo, or structural timbers (except those in the subgenus Proxylocopa, which nest in the ground). Members of the related tribe Ceratinini are sometimes referred to as "small carpenter bees".

In several species, the females live alongside their own daughters or sisters, creating a small social group. They use wood bits to form partitions between the cells in the nest. A few species bore holes in wood dwellings. Since the tunnels are near the surface, structural damage is generally minor or nonexistent.

For information on protecting your house from Carpenter Bees - Click Here


Gypsy Moth

Gypsy Moths are here at the Crossings. Currently the population of these oak leaf eating critters is low. It is a good idea for everyone to educate themselves about these non-native pests.

Spraying took place in Spring 2008. IF spraying is needed, the board would assess each lot owner for gypsy moth spraying during.


Another survey of egg masses will be conducted each fall and if the gypsy moth population is high enough to meet the State of West Virginia's criteria for spraying, the board will commit to the State run spray program for the spring. Learn more about the State Program here Learn about gypsy moth: start with the basics, the West Virginia Department of Forestry see the Crossings Gypsy Moth Page

WV Department of Agriculture Gypsy Moth
Treatments to Begin Mid-May 2013
Read More Here

To learn more about the Gypsy Moths - Click Here


As you wonder about your property or hike in the local area, you will often see a variety of wild flowers and plants. Check the link below to help you identify the local flora.

Wildflowers on the Trail


And there are many birds throughout the Crossings. The variety is different depending if you are in the meadow or in the woods and sometimes along the river. But search the website below to see what that bird could have been.

National Geographic Bird Search

Slippery and Slimy

There are currently 87 species of amphibians and reptiles in West Virginia. There are 34 salamander species, 14 frog and toad species, 13 turtle species, 6 lizard species, and 20 species of snakes.

Two species are endemic to West Virginia: the Cheat Mountain salamander (Plethodon nettingi) and the West Virginia spring salamander (Gyrinophilus subterraneus). Check the link below and see what might be under foot!

Amphibians and Reptiles in West Virginia



A local butterfly is the Zebra Swallowtail that feeds only on the leaves of Paw Paw trees! How cool!


Gardening With Deer

While many residents are trying to build a garden with the deer, others are building with protection from the deer. Whatever course you choose, talk to your neighbor, they may save you some trial and error. Try some of the suggestions on the link below.
Deer "Resistant" Plants

You can also read comments about the deer population from a local forester. There are many view points and this is just one.
Comments from David Warner, Forester.



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Cacapon River
Current Conditions
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Invasive Plants of West Virginia
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