The Tawny Coster is a small leathery winged butterfly which is common in grassland and scrub habitats. It has a weak fluttery flight. It is avoided by most insect predators. Upperside tawny. Fore wing: a transverse black spot in cell, and another irregular, oblique and broader at the disco-cellulars. Underside: ground-colour ochraceous yellow or a paler tawny yellow. Fore wing paling to whitish on the apex, with the black markings as on the upper side but somewhat blurred and diffuse.
Wing expanse of 53–64 mm.