The lower (ventral) side of the hindwing is brown with a orange-yellow patch near the hindwing base and an orange-yellow band with one rectangle much wider than the rest of the band. The width of the central brown region varies.
Males and females are similar on the top (dorsal) side, but the female is darker. The dorsal hindwing is similar to the ventral hindwing pattern. The leading edge of the dorsal forewing is orange with the remainder of the wing dark brown with orange spots. On males, a black patch (stigma) containing scent cells separates the orange and brown scales.
As a grass skipper, this species commonly rests with the forewings held open in a V shape while the hindwings are held out horizontally to the side. They may also have all four folded together so that only the bottom surfaces are visible.
Larvae are deep maroon with a dark line down the top and brown mottling. The head is black with white markings.