Eastern Parson Spider
This is a Eastern Parson spider, which is part of the Ground Spider, or Gnaphosidae family. Technically the Eastern Parnson spider is known as a Herpyllus ecclesiasticus. It's also known as an "ecclesiastes spider".
It has a primarily dark, chocolate brown body, with a light grey stripe marking on the abdomen. Apparently some people think its markings look like an old style priest's cravat. I can usually identify this spider fairly quickly because it's moving slowly across a surface, it is fairly "round", and its tail end is narrow with two points. Those are its spinneretts.
It is furry, about nickel sized. We found this one in my bathroom in Sutton. The spider is friendly and quiet. Harmless!
Here's a different one we spotted another time, you can see the markings are a bit different.
And another one, from our basement. For these, you can click on them to get a larger version.
This one was on the ceiling in the living room. You can see that, sadly, it has lost a rear leg.
I have a second page of photos too!
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