American House Spider (Parasteatoda tepidariorum)

Sighted at: Castle Black, Austin, TX

It’s a very rainy Memorial Day here in Austin. My neighborhood (and several others, from what I gather) has had many of its trees split by lightning. Still, I heard the clarion call of breakfast tacos, and wandered out of my home at the crack o’noon to get ingredients. When I came back, I found this itsy-bitsy feller scrambling up my front door.

American House Spiders build tangled “cob” webs in corners or other dark, sheltered areas. They feed on other household pests. Part of the extensive “comb foot” spider family, they’re one of the most commonly found spiders in the Americas.