Critters & Canopy
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 -
For more information on the Paw Paw -
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. 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 -
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
Spraying took place in Spring 2008. IF spraying
is needed, the board would assess each lot owner for gypsy moth spraying
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
Treatments to Begin Mid-May 2013
To learn more about the Gypsy Moths -
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
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.
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
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
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.