Male Hypolimnas missippus has blackish purple wings with large white circular patches on each wing. The female butterfly mimics Danaus chrysippus, has an orange color, the apical area of the forewings is black divided by a band of white spots, the hind wings have black edges.
Larva: Hypolimnas missippus larvae are cylindrical in shape, black in color with a darker dorsal back, legs and head are brick red, the head is equipped with two black branched spines, long and thick. The surface of the body is covered with setae.
Pupa: Hypolimnas missippus pupa is pendulous, short and thick. The color is light brown with gray-brown stripes, especially on the head and tail.