Agonopterix ocellana is closely related to Agonopteryx propinquella, but the two species can be told apart easily. Especially the red scales in the wing of Agonopterix ocellana do make it stand out. The amount of them varies per specimen though. Reaching a wingspan of 19 to 22 mm Agonopterix ocellana is quite a small species. It is on the wing mainly from September to May, so the adults overwinter. Yet there might be a summer generation flying about as well. The larvae live on various species of Willows. Agonopterix ocellana is relatively common in Britain, rather common in Belgium and common in the Netherlands.