Rapala suffusa males have red-brown upperwings with purplish edges, while females are dull brown. The underside of the male butterfly’s wings is pale brownish yellow, the female is striking yellow. There is a line at the end of the cell area on both wings and a white-edged brown post-discal line in the termen area, the hindwing has a white tipped tail with tornal lobes in veins 1a and 1b.
Larva: The larvae of Rapala suffusa are yellowish in color with light brown patches on the 1st, 6th and 8th stomach segments, the body is covered with smooth setae along the sides of the body. At the next instar there are two conspicuous dark brown spots on the anal plate and their body size increases.
Pupa: The pupa of Rapala suffusa is brown with several small black dots on the body, the wing pads are yellowish in color, the shape is typical lycaenid.