16-22 mm wingspan. Forewings are grey with silvery striations. Ocellus is purplish brown and edged with metallic gold or copper scales. Hindwings greyish-brown. Males has a fold along base of cubital vein which contains a hair pencil with long black sex scales.
Newly eclosed larvae are white with black heads. Mature larvae are 16-20 mm long with a pale pink to reddish colour. Head mottled brown and prothoracic plate & anal shield with distinctive mottled pattern. Anal comb absent. Abdominal legs with 25-35 crochets.
Disk shaped and opaque when first laid. Laid singly on fruits, stems and leaves of host.
The Americas, Europe, Asia, North Africa, South Africa and Australia.
Pome fruits and walnut.
Larvae often enter pome fruits near the calyx leaving a prominent entry hole with red colouration around the rim. The hole becomes blocked with brown frass as the larvae feeds. Attacked fruit often drop early.