|Pholidoptera fallax, young male|
The adult males grow up to 15–18 millimetres (0.59–0.71 in) long, while females reach 17–23 millimetres (0.67–0.91 in). They can be encountered from July through October in clearings, dry forest edges, etc.
The basic coloration of the body varies from dark brownish to pale brown, but sometimes the body is light purple or reddish. The extended pronotum partially covers the short wings and shows a black band, with whitish lateral margins.
The abdomen is thick and yellowish, the legs are pale brown and relatively long, with a pattern of dark brown spots on the hind legs. The female has a slightly curved ovipositor, which measures about 10–13 millimetres (0.39–0.51 in).