Danaus geneutia has brownish yellow wings with veins marked with a wide black band. The edges of the wings are black with two rows of white spots. The underside of the wings resembles the upper side but is paler in color. Male butterflies have a prominent black and white spot on the underside of the hind wings.
Larva: Danaus geneutia larvae are black in color with a pair of narrow white bands and yellow spots running down their back. There are long cone-shaped reddish black filaments in the 2nd, 8th and 11th segments which can be used to disperse pheromones or ward off predators.
Pupa: Danaus geneutia pupae are round, compressed, pale green in color characterized by black, gold and silver spots, smooth surface.