Phyllocnistis ampelopsiella

330394.00 — 0844 — Phyllocnistis ampelopsiella Chambers, 1871

Larval Host(s)

Presumed main host
on Block Island:

Known hosts:
Vitis aestivalis

Vitaceae: Vitis, Parthenocissus quinquefolia


Based on documentation of leaf mines, at least two species mining Vitaceae are found on Block Island: P. ampelopsiella, which mines Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia), and P. vitegenella, which mines grape (Vitis spp.). A third species in this species complex, the grape-mining P. vitifoliella, has not been documented on Block Island. The group is in need of revision, and species identification should not be considered definitive. Adults occur regularly at AH, where Virginia creeper is common and the nearest grape is 600-700’ away. P. ampelopsiella has been reared at AH, and P. vitegenella has been reared from the nearby grape plants, on which numerous mines have been found.


  • Species Page at Moth Photographers Group
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Chambers, V.T., 1871. Micro-Lepidoptera. The Canadian Entomologist, 3: 207.
  • Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina - website (identification, habitats and life history)
  • Species Page at BugGuide