The wingspan is 14–17 mm. Adults have chocolate-brown wings with creamy markings and a yellowish-orange head tuft. They are on wing from May to mid-July.
The larvae feed on the young green fruit of Ribes rubrum, Ribes uva-crispa and Ribes nigrum. Larvae can be found from August to September. The species then overwinters in the larval stage near the roots of the host plant. In spring, the larvae bore in the young new buds of their host plant.