Adults: Mature bugs are a reddish-orange brown, with pale zig-zag patterning on the wings. Likewise, there's some checkering on the edges of the wings. The very back legs get significantly wider before narrowing again. The insect is substantially more narrow than that of the common green shield bug.
Nymphs: Young capsid bugs are known as nymphs; generally, they are similar in shape but paler in colour, smaller and wingless. The first nymphal stage is tiny and the body distinctively thin. The antennae are longer than the body at this point. Throughout moults, the abdomen displays two black dots which disappear when the bug is mature.