Both sexes have dark brown and yellowish-orange markings. Ventrally, both sexes have a large straw-coloured patch in the middle of the hindwing. This patch helps distinguish it from other Polites. Like other skippers the ends of the antennae have tiny hooks. Wingspan is from 19 to 27 mm.
Flies from June through early August on flowers, at roadsides, wet meadows, and in gardens.