Tipulidae have long slender legs, often only tiny fragments appear in droppings. The legs are covered with long hairs.
The wings are often characteristically marbeled, with darker patches of pigment. The costal margin has a typical row of stiff hairs
Tipulid antennae consist of a series of 13-16 similar segments. The most common antennae type has a rounded base with four projecting spines. Less common are horned antennae.
The maxillary palp is long and slender, with the terminanal segment elongated covered with a stripe pattern. The eyes are large, the exoskeleton near the eye yellowish covered with long hairs.
Tipulid eggs are strongly pigmented and a rich wine colour, it has a smouth surface. The halter (or balance organ) has a long slender shaft, with an extended spoon-like tip.