Body usually oval. Dead females are reddish brown. Coloration of living stages has not been reported, possibly dark colored. A nest like ovisac is formed under the body of the female; it is white and does not extend behind the female like in other species of Philephedra. Females apparently occur on the stems, branches, and fruit of the host. Males have not been reported.
This species was intercepted 16 times at U. S. ports-of-entry between 1995 and 2012, with specimens originating from Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Puerto Rico, and Tortola. In recent years it has most commonly been taken in quarantine from the Caribbean on tropical fruit such as Annona, Musa, Citrus and Psidium. We also have examined specimens taken in quarantine from Colombia (Mangifera), Dominica (Musa, Theobroma), Ecuador (Annona), Grenada (Annona), Nevis (Annona), Trinidad (Annona, Mangifera), West Indies (Pimenta). ScaleNet includes hosts in 5 plant families from 6 Neotropical countries. Three other species of Philephedra other than P. broadwayi , P.lutea (Cockerell) and P. tuberculosa Nakahara & Gill have been taken at U. S. ports-of-entry: P. floridana Nakahara & Gill (Honduras, on unknown leaves); P. cresentiae (Cockerell) (Mexico, on Leucaena); and P. parvula Cockerell (Mexico, on Leucaena).