Forewing upperside similar to Daphnis nerii but ground colour much darker olive-green and a conspicuous white apical spot present (also visible on the underside).
Male genitalia: Uncus shorter and broader than in Daphnis nerii. Gnathos nearly as long as uncus, curved and narrower than in Daphnis nerii. Harpe short, distal margin angulated, dorsal margin flattened, with two rows of teeth (one visible in side view). Phallus with two slender processes, left horizontal, right obliquely curved toward the ventral side, its length 1.5x the width of phallus.
The record from Maharashtra, India is unconfirmed. The UK (Scotland) record from Raynor (1890) is a single specimen initially identified as Daphnis nerii but later re-identified as Daphnis hypothous by persons unknown after 1891; it is not mapped as it is simply a stray specimen.
Daphnis hypothous hypothous is restricted to the Moluccas; Daphnis hypothous crameri is the subspecies that occurs elsewhere throughout the species' range.