Found this little guy on the wall near his web in the corner of our basement utility room floor. About the size of a nickel. I thought it might he a male black widow at first because of the large abdomen and it looked a lot darker when I first saw it in the shadows. It’s new home is the forest behind our housem I just can’t bring myself to squish any spider.
I think it is Amaerobius ferox, a Black Lace Weaver They live outdoors under rotting wood with tunnels into the soil. My indoor ones live in the spaces between stones in the cellar wall where the mortar is loose. They make strong dark flat webs on flat surfaces to catch crawling insects. The webs funnel into the crevice where the spider hides. They’ll emerge if you tug gently on the web. They don’t cause any trouble. They live peacefully with our other cellar spiders, Pholcus phalangiodes. They do look fairly dark and intimidating in the shadows. If you have anyone… Read more »