Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Eupoecilia ambiguella

Eupoecilia ambiguella (Hübner, 1796)

vine moth, european grape berry moth

polyphagous on berry bearing plants


The larvae live within the berries, feeding on the pulp and the seeds.

host plants

Acer campestre; Cornus mas, sanguinea; Frangula alnus; Hedera helix; Ligustrum; Lonicera periclymenum; Rhamnus cathartica; Syringa x persica; Viburnum; Vitis vinifera

These are only the species that are mentioned most.


In northern Europe the species has one generation, but further to the south two or three.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


Body brownish white; head an prothoracic plate blackish brown; anal plate and pinacula brown; see Swatschek.


See Ioriatti ao, Patočka & Turčáni.


Conchylis ambiguella.


In regions where wine is cultivated an important pest. The larvae of the first generation spin flowers and young fruits together; later larvae bore in the fruits.


Abd El-Monsef Ahmed Ibrahim (2004a), Bradley, Tremewan & Smith (1973a), Disqué (1905a), Hancock & Bland (2015a), Ioriatti, Lucchi & Varela (2012a), Kovács & Kovács (2006b) , Meijerman & Ulenberg (2000a), Molet & Mackesy (2014a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Swatschek (1958a), Thomann (1956a).

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