Wingspan 7-8 mm.
Distributed mainly in the southern half on England, this species can be fairly common in places.
The larva feeds in a blotch on the underside of a leaf of cherry (Prunus spp.), including cultivated versions as well as wild cherry (P. avium) and dwarf cherry (P. cerasus).
In common with a number of other Phyllonorycter species, the species is bivoltine, with adults flying in May and again in August.