Several weeks ago, during a period of above freezing temperatures, I noticed a spider by my kitchen door.
BugGuide.net identified it as Steatoda triangulosa. I expected the spider to go back into hiding as soon as the temperatures fell, but she remained unmoved.
When she stayed put, after over a week of temperatures well below freezing, I decided she must have ceased to be.
I was wrong!
She somehow managed to move herself seven inches toward the door.
She stayed there only one day. I am assuming she squeezed herself into the crack again.
What was she doing outside? How could she survive so long in the cold?
I have researched in vain and would appreciate any help.