Wingspan c. 16mm.
This species, formerly present in south-east England, is now considered extinct in Britain, with no positive records since the late 19th century.
It is a fairly distinctive species with its relatively uniformly-patterned chocolate brown forewings and creamy head and thorax.
Abroad, the species occurs in Europe and through to Africa and Asia, but its range is decreasing in parts of Europe.
Adult moths have an extended emergence period from September, overwintering and appearing until May. The larval foodplants include wild carrot (Daucus carota) and wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa).