Foreleg basitarsus with external row of spines accompanied by a row of smaller spines. Forewing upperside with lower edge of the discal cell highlighted in white and black; discal spot a small but conspicuous black dot; oblique postmedial band also highlighted in silver-white (occasionally reduced), angled at CuA1. Hindwing upperside with a bright pink basal and tornal area; black medial and submarginal bands separated by a pink postmedial band that is divided into sharply delimited pink spots by sharp black lines along the veins.
Male genitalia: similar to Hippotion velox but: uncus shorter and stouter; gnathos shorter and stouter, much more abruptly narrowed into a sharp hook; harpe much stouter, almost straight, compressed, upperside hollowed apically, with the edges raised.
Female genitalia: ostium bursae ovate, edges raised to form a low, horseshoe-shaped ridge; sterigma with no processes.
The map includes those countries and territories in which Hippotion celerio has been recorded as a migrant.