Dyspessa ulula

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Dyspessa ulula
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Cossidae
Genus: Dyspessa
Species: D. ulula
Binomial name
Dyspessa ulula
(Borkhausen, 1790)[1]
  • Phalaena ulula Borkhausen, 1790
  • Bombyx hepialica Borkhausen, 1790
  • Bombyx hepialina Hübner, 1790
  • Dyspessa ulula kasrii Daniel, 1964
  • Bombyx pantherina Hübner, 1791
  • Dyspessa nigrita Wagner, 1931
  • Dyspessa ulula pallida Rothschild, 1917
  • Endagria marmorata Rambur, 1858

Dyspessa ulula is a species of moth of the Cossidae family. It is found from central and southern Europe through Russia to central Asia. It is also found in Syria, Iran, Iraq and parts of North Africa.

The wingspan is 18–25 mm for females and 19–26 mm for males. The colour of the forewings varies from yellowish grey to yellowish brown. Adults are mainly on wing from April to July.

The larvae feed on Allium species, including Allium flavum, Allium vienale, Allium spaerocephalon and Allium sativum. They live within the onion. Development of the larvae takes multiple years.


  • Dyspessa ulula ulula
  • Dyspessa ulula kasrii Daniel, 1964 (Iran)
  • Dyspessa ulula nigrita Wagner, 1931 (Asia Minor)


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