Nationally scarce (Nb) in orchards, gardens, woodland and hedgerows, mainly in southern England, occasionally north to Yorkshire, and in northern Wales. In Hampshire there are scattered record in both vice-counties. Not recorded from the Isle of Wight to date. Wingspan 11-13 mm. Although superficially similar to several other gelechiids, the heavily-bordered, dark basal area and discal markings make the species easy to recognise. Larva mines the leaves in autumn and, after hibernation, the buds and flowers of Apple, Pear and Blackthorn.