Similar in appearance to the codling moth, Cydia pomonella. Forewings are greyer and the ocellus possesses less of a metallic sheen. Wingspan of 17-22 mm, with pronounced transverse sinuate lines. Hindwings are dark brownish-grey. Marginal fringe with a darker line at base.
Final instar is 11-17 mm long, dirty white, with a yellow-brown head.
Flattened, initially red, turning pink and finally grey. Laid singly on the fruit surface.
Central and southern Europe, Asia minor, Syria and Crete.
Larvae bore into the fruit. Unlike the larvae of C. pomonella, the larvae here bores directly to the seeds to feed. The hole is cleaner with less frass near the entrance.