Black spider in Oxford Michigan

Asked June 12, 2020, 6:58 PM EDT

It was fast moving and about 1” body length , black with silver..What is it?

Oakland County Michigan

1 Response

That is called a Parson Spider (Herpyllus ecclesiastica). Yes, they are one of our fastest running spiders in Michigan! They are normally forest dwellers but they do occasionally enter buildings. They are beneficial predators so hopefully you can let it go about its business. They can bite so I wouldn't recommend handing it.