Tuesday: A correspondent went to the trouble of looking up my spider, thinking it might be the male black widow, but correctly identified it as Steatoda grossa, a non-poisonous arachnid. (Great resource: http://bugguide.net), BTW, I always catch and release spiders back to the garden where they belong.
I have one new bite on my torso, but this one doesn't itch so I know it's from a spider, not a mite. These guys sneak into my bed at night and I can't usually find them the next day.
My little friend in this photo was taking up residence in my stainless steel kitchen sink this morning, but only because he couldn't get back out again. He was underneath a cutting board cover and I probably wouldn't have seen him but Sibyl, my parrot, was perched on my forearm drinking from the tap and I saw her cock her head to look between the sink and the board; she'd spied the spider. Parrots don't miss anything.
Click to enlarge photo. I waited for him to rear up and show his biting parts but he never did.