Hypolimnas bolina has a high degree of sexual dimorphism, female individuals usually mimic many morphologies. The male butterfly has jet black upper wings with three pairs of white spots surrounded by purple, two on the forewing and one on the hindwing. The upper side of the hindwings has a series of small white spots. The upper wing of the female butterfly is brownish black and has no spots, the edges have white markings.
Larva: Hypolimnas bolina larvae are black with an orange head, on the head there is a pair of long branched black horns. The surface of its body is covered with long, branching black-orange thorns. Wolbachia bacterial infection can kill male species.
Pupa : Hypolimnas bolina pupae are pale brown to reddish brown, the head has two short horns, the front edge of the wing covers is also decorated with pointed and short protrusions. The length of the pupa is about 22-24 cm.