My mother sent me a picture of a creature she encountered and couldn't identify. It looks kind of a like a spider - a mostly black body, about 1cm in size, with white specks - except without any visible legs. Apparently it was hanging from a thread, descending to the ground, and still moving.
I don't know a lot about arthropods, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, searching for "spider without legs" gives no useful results, so I'm at a loss.
This is in Northern Germany, mid-March. (The background is a cork floor.)
Any info on what this could be - and whether it's dangerous or not - would definitely help put her at ease.