Wingspan of 15-21 mm in the male and 16-23 mm in the female. Forewings whitish ochreous with red-brown variegated markings. Hind wings greyish to greyish brown.
Length up to 22 mm. Body whitish grey, grey or dark bluish grey with black pinacula. Head shiny black and prothoracic plate black to dark brown with a whitish midline and collar.
Eggs are cylindrical laid in shingle like clusters and covered with a brownish purple secretion for camouflage. Laid on bark of the trunk and branches.
Native to most of Europe, central and eastern Asia, Japan, China and northern Africa.
A range of tree and shrub hosts including plum (Prunus), apple (Malus) and pear (Pyrus).
Early larval instars feed on buds and the underside of leaves while later instars feed on leaves flowers and young fruit. Feeding usually occurs within a rolled leaf.