Apterous: yellowish green variably scattered with brown or dark red, dark brown in older individuals; cauda triangular with cornicles uniform colour, swollen
Alate: dorsal patch tends to divide into segments as stripes; antennae long, fine and same length as body; cornicles swollen and dark, cauda pigmented and triangular.
The species is apparently completely anholocyclic, however some males have been caught in traps.
Polyphagous with a preference for Liliaceae.
Many different families such as: Caryophyllaceae, Asteraceae, Iridaceae, Scrophulariaceae, (Cymbalaria), Solonaceae
M. cymbalariae is encountered frequently on stored onion and shallot bulbs.