Ideopsis vulgaris has bluish-gray wings with black stripes that form a pattern of strokes and dots. The forewings have a short line along the edge of the dorsal, three elongated spots on the outer side of the apex, 4-5 preapical spots, a series of spots on the subterminal and terminal which progressively decreases in size to the apex. The underside of the wings is similar in color to the upper side, the head and chest are black with bluish white spots, the belly is brown with white underneath. Male butterflies have distinct markings near the sub-tornal area of the hindwings.
Larva: Ideopsis vulgaris larvae measuring 2.6 – 2.7 mm, cylindrical, white body with short setae on the surface of the body. The head capsule is large and black. At the 5th instar, the body length reaches 34 mm, the color of the body is dark red to purplish brown with small white spots. White spots appear on the 2nd instar and their numbers increase and become closer to each other at a later stage.
Pupa : pupa Ideopsis vulgaris is bright yellowish green, has a transverse white stripe with a series of black spots. The pupa is about 18-20 mm long.