The adult male is orange with a black pattern of lines and dots. There is a small eyespot on the rear of each hind wing. The underside is similar with white patches on the forewing.
The female (Vindula arsinoe ada), is similar but a paler orange, and has a large black area along the margin of each fore wing containing a pattern of white spots and crescents. The butterflies have a wingspan up to 8 cms.