For our two species of "European crane flies," the diagnostic character for adults is a narrow dark-colored band along the leading edge of the wing adjacent to a light-colored band.
Subgenus Tipula is native to the Old World, but two European species have become established at various locations in North and South America.
Peck, Daniel C. et al. 2006. Detection and establishment of the European crane flies Tipula paludosa Meigen and Tipula oleracea L. (Diptera: Tipulidae) in New York: A review of their distribution, invasion history, biology, and recognition. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 108(4):985-994.