October 2016 Photo Contest
Focus on Texas: Creepy Crawlies
Amazingly close-up views of critters that can give us the creeps

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    K.P. Wilska, United Cooperative Services: This pretty green anole was spotted in Keller.
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    Noelia Rios, Nueces EC: Toad in a water bowl
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    Shelly Borgfeld, Pedernales EC: “After putting three large dogs in their place, this guy stopped long enough to smile for the camera.”
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    Berny Duke, Wood County EC: Duke spotted this eastern Hercules beetle while doing yardwork.
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    Stephanie Ambrosia, Bluebonnet EC: Honeybee coated with pollen
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    Web Extra: Paul Garcia, Medina EC: Garcia grabbed a pillow and camera gear for a photo shoot with these Texas leaf-cutting ants. He gave his wife an awful fright when she saw him lying facedown in the driveway with his wiener dog standing on his back. “She thought I had a heart attack,” Garcia says. “Oops!”
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    Web Extra: Cheryl McClure, Farmers EC: McClure finds these black and yellow garden spiders everywhere at home and on the ranch. She says they are welcome to hang around and eat the bugs she doesn’t like.
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    Web Extra: Kaye Lindsey, Bandera EC: “I was cutting flowers to bring inside when I came upon this praying mantis.”
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    Web Extra: Penney Ryan, Farmers EC: A wolf spider carrying hundreds of babies on her back
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    Web Extra: Leoria Moore, Pedernales EC: “Fuzzy little caterpillar with such a happy face”
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    Web Extra: Jeffrey Reed, CoServ: “My 4-year-old gazing at nature’s beauty”
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    Web Extra: Desarae Begley, Wise EC: “This little critter landed on my arm. I had to get a photo of him.”
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    Web Extra: Deb Vandygriff, North Plains EC: “Beep the roadrunner visited us every day for six weeks. It brought snakes, horny toads, lizards and frogs to the front door—courting our dog Bandit.”
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    Web Extra: Jack Moore, Pedernales EC: A garden spider took up residence in the corner of Moore’s porch. “Known to eat pesky bugs, I left her alone, eventually referring to her as ‘Mildred,’ ” Moore says.
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    Web Extra: Ann Hennis, Nueces EC: A monarch butterfly in waiting
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    Web Extra: Sandy Kothmann, Southwest Texas EC: “Creepy crawler down the road”

We put a bug in your ear when we asked what critters creep around your part of Texas. Which of these might have you buzzing?