Athyma asura has black forewings with white markings, forewing cells have a short basal line with wide spots on the outside, there are post-discal white spots in space 3.On the hind wings there are a series of post-discal white spots with 2-3 spots have dark spot on the inside. The underside of the wings are orange brown with the same marking as the upper, the edges of the wings are serrated.
Larva: larvae of Athyma asura dark brown with a pair of dorso-lateral spines branching the 1st and 5th abdominal segments of the prothorax are whitish to yellowish. There are also long, branched and protruding dorso-lateral spines in the 2nd and 3rd thoracic segments, 2nd and 5th abdominal segments. The capsule of the head is dark brown to black with a brown turbekel. At the last instar nearing the prepupa period, the body changes color to light green with a light blue turbecles.
Pupa: The pupa of Athyma asura is pale brown with dark brown stripes, the belly segment is slender, the thorax is larger and extends sideways. The pupa has a pair of large, curved cephalic horns.