8-10 mm wingspan. Caterpillars are 4-6 mm long.
The adults have bright red eyes. The forewings are cinnamon brown and traversed by gray bands.
Widely distributed throughout the eastern United States and southern Canada
The larvae feed on the buds and cones of various pine species.
The moths overwinter as larvae in a tunnel in a bud or cone. They pupate in the spring, and adults appear in May.