The male forewing is pointed. The upperside is brown with raised patches of dark scales along the veins. The underside of both sexes is tan, the forewing has a straight submarginal row of 5 spots. The dark line along the inner side of spot row arches outwardly at the cell. The wing span is 2.5 to 3.5 inches.
Adults perch on tree trunks during the day, up to 10 feet above ground. Males perch and wait for females in late afternoon or on cloudy days. Females lay eggs singly on or near the host plants; caterpillars feed on leaves at night and hide at the base of the plant during the day. The adult skipper feeds on rotting fruit, tree sap, dung, and carrion; never on flower nectar.
The preferred habitat is dense moist woods near swamps. The species does not occur in southeast Alabama, southern Georgia, or Panhandle Florida.