Adults have alternating black and white strips on its back. A brown stripe at the center of each elytron (wing cover) and on the inner edge of each elytron (where they meet down the middle) distinguish this species. Larvae are hump-backed and have one row of black spots down each side.
Adult beetles emerge from the soil in the late spring or early summer. May to October. Most commonly found feeding on solanaceous (nightshade) weeds such as Carolina horsenettle, tomato, etc...