Forewing length of 7.5-10.8 mm. Males are uniformly white to yellowish-brown while females are variably marked with light to dark brown. Forewings are narrow and elongate.
Late instar larvae are greenish brown or yellowish green with pale lateral lines and 14-18 mm in length. Head is pale brown with dark brown margins and the prothoracic shield is the same colour as abdomen.
Laid singly or in small batches in depressions or cracks in the bark of trees and covered by debris.
Europe, North America and North Africa.
Cultivated flowers, strawberries and cereals.
First instars mine leaves forming irregular blotch like mines. Later instars feed within the shelter of spun leaves or capped flowers on shoots, buds and flowers. Larvae may also bore into fruit to feed.
Generations: Generations: Typically 1