Uloborus plumipes (Lucas, 1846)
The accidental introduction to the UK via the house plant trade, has seen Uloborus plumipes become common throughout much of the UK in glasshouses at Garden Centres. It cannot survive our Winter outside. Originally a species found in Europe, Africa and Asia, it first appeared as recently ago as 1990 at Garden Centres in Reading, Liverpool and Southampton, and has since spread and seems to be very common where it occurs.

We found it almost immediately, when we checked a Garden Centre at Mapperley, Nottingham in April 2010. Webs containing adults were found in the roof support frames of each glasshouse we checked. Also known as the
Feather-legged Lace Weaver, Uloborus plumipes has a distinctive resting posture, making it difficult to find when on the stems of woody plants and shows a range of colour variations. The rarely recorded male is illustrated (lower photographs) recorded in mid-April 2023 from a tropical greenhouse at Woodthorpe Park in Nottingham.
Male Uloborus plumipes, photographed at Woodthorpe Park, Nottingham April 2023.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Uloborus plumipes
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Gary Hobson.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2024

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