Trying to help a friend figure out what this spider is. I’m leaning toward Nursery Web Spider? Someone else is saying brown recluse, but I don’t think it’s one of those. Plus those are rare in MA I believe.
Yes, this looks like a Nursery Web Spider, Pisaurina mira. There’s always someone insisting a spider is a black widow or brown recluse. 🙁 Brown recluses aren’t in Massachusetts at all in the wild. We do have about two species of true black widows, but I don’t know anyone who even claims to have seen one in New England.