Male Chilades pandava has light purplish blue with a narrow black border upper wings with a prominent black spot on the hindwings. The female has a broader black border, a paler blue color and black spots on the tips of the hindwings. The underside of the wings is gray with brownish black spots bordered by light gray dashes. Black spots on the tornal section (rear end of the wings) with orange crown, there is a filamentous tail with a white tip on the hind wing.
Larva: The larvae of Chilades pandava have a small shiny black head, the texture of the skin is rough, reddish purple in color, but the last instar is bright green with a dark stripe along the back and sides of the body. These larvae have a mutualism symbiosis with ants, the ants will milk the caterpillar glands of Chilades pandava to take the secretion of sugar, while the ants protect the caterpillars from predators. In the pupa phase, the pupa is formed on the ground and then buried by the ants.
Pupa: Chilades pandava pupae have a distinctive lycaenid shape, yellowish green or yellowish green to dark red brown with many black spots, depending on the color of the caterpillar. The pupa is about 9.5 – 10.5 mm long.