My wife was just sitting there, quietly reading, when she noticed this little friend descending from the ceiling to sit down beside her, and instead of being frightened away, she yelled for me to come see it. I was mildly surprised — it’s a male Steatoda triangulosa, which have been rather scarce this past summer (it’s generally been a poor summer for all spiders this year).
Sorry, the box I caught him in had a lot of fluff and dirt in it, and I’m not going to retake the photo. I’m going to have to release this handsome boy back in my house, in the hopes that there are some triangulosa girls lurking about.
I guess Mary just attracts all the spider boys in the neighborhood.