Wingspan 18-27 mm.
One of the commonest Plume Moths in Britain seen early in the year
The Order Pterophoridae, has cleft wings this is difficult to observe , as the moth often rests with the wings rolled up tightly. Wing colour is usually pale brownish, but may be darker. It has a pair of spurs on the hind legs and has one spur longer than the other. The abdomen has a pale buff dorsal longitudinal band with brown streaks along the midline