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Problema bulenta (Boisduval and Le Conte, [1837])

Rare Skipper

Federal Protection: No US federal protection

State Protection: No Georgia state protection

Global Rank: G3

State Rank: S2S3

SWAP High Priority Species (SGCN): Yes

Element Occurrences (EOs) in Georgia: 0

Habitat Summary for element in Georgia: Brackish marshes


A dull orange butterfly without distinguishing characteristics.  Males may have a dark hooklike mark on the underside of the forewing.  Thick dark borders also may be present on the wings.

Similar Species

Delaware skipper and Argos skipper are similar in appearance.


Observed in marshy habitats.  


Larval food uncertain.  Possible foods include: Giant Cordgrass (Spartina cynosuroides) and Northern Wild-rice (Zizania aquatica).  Neighboring states report that adut butterflies nectar on pickeral weed  (Pontederia cordata) and swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata).

Life History

Multiple broods in the warmer states suggest that this butterfly might have at least two times that they will be seen to fly in Georgia.

Survey Recommendations

Surveys to learn where popuations occur are needed.


Rare, but locally present along the Atlantic coastline of the United States.  Only detailed records in Georgia occur in Chatham County.


Habitat degredation and alteration.  Pesticide use.

Georgia Conservation Status

Conservation Management Recommendations


Cook, Will. Rare Skipper (Problema Bulenta), www.carolinanature.com/butterflies/rareskipper.html.

“Rare Skipper Problema Bulenta (Boisduval & Leconte, [1837]).” Rare Skipper Problema Bulenta (Boisduval & Leconte, [1837]) | Butterflies and Moths of North America, 11 June 2014, www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Problema-bulenta.


Authors of Account

Anna Yellin

Date Compiled or Updated

December 27, 2019