Adults are frequently mistaken for hummingbirds or bees because of their fast-moving wings and coloration. Coloration varies between individuals, but typically the moth is olive green and burgundy on its back, and white or yellow and burgundy on the underside. Its wings are transparent with a reddish-brown border. It has light-colored legs, which combined with the lack of striping on the underside is diagnostic.
Lives in second-growth forest, in meadows, and is commonly found in cultivated gardens of suburbia. March to October.