Wingspan of 6-7 mm. Forewings are lanceolate shaped, greyish-white and shiny with a brownish stripe surrounded by coppery areas intermixed with black and white. Hind wings are pale grey and strongly fringed. Both sexes have antennae with 27 segments.
First instars are pale green, legless and 2 mm in length. Final instars are yellow to pale brown, ca. 3-4 mm long. Head is small, brown and sunken into thorax.
Oval, ca. 0.3 x 0.23 mm in size, initially white and becoming grey with age.
Europe, the Middle East and China
Primarily apple (Malus) but also other fruit trees including pear (Pyrus), plum, peach and apricot (Prunus).
Larvae form mines on the upper surface of leaves. Circular mines begin as small and whitish and become larger with brown spots. Frass may be visible as dark circles.