Uloborus plumipes the 'garden centre spider' (above) is typically found only inside garden centre heated glasshouse, and rests with her oversized and spiny forelegs together ahead of her, looking like a piece of debris on her orb web.
Another unusual feature is that, unlike most other spiders, they have no venom glands: they rely on quickly wrapping prey on silk and only bite once the prey is so immobilised.
The orbs produced by Uloborus plumipes have a striking resemblance to Araneid webs, although other members of the family have more unusual asymmetric webs. Despite this, they appear to have evolved orb-weaving independently of the Araneae.
The orb web of Uloborus plumipes
The resting Uloborus with its characteristic posture on its orb-web.
The unusual spiky egg sac of Uloborus plumipes, which looks like a shrivelled piece of leaf or seed. You can see the woolly texture of the silk threads securing it.