Length: typically 20-25 mm
Tipula caloptera antennae are dark at the base and yellowish apically.
Gelhaus found a number of larval collection records from various workers; habits of the collection sites included "wet or submerged mats of mosses and algae," and mosses associated with a cold and clean stream (Gelhaus, 1986).
Adults are most often encountered in West Virginia in May.
Tipula caloptera ranges from Minnesota to Newfoundland, and south to Missouri and Florida.
Insects of West Virginia