Broomweed Sida acuta
Sida acuta is a common weed in Florida. Some people refer to it as Broomweed. Do you have little tiny yellow flowers in your lawn? Look at them closely; this might be them.
Sida acuta, Broom weed, Broomweed, small yellow flower, jagged green leaves, yard weed, butterfly host plant, butterfly nectar plant
Broomweed is also a host plant for Checkered Skipper Butterflies. According to Butterflies and Moths of North America, we have both the Tropical Checkered Skipper Butterfly, and the Common Checkered Skipper Butterfly in Palm Beach County, and only the Tropical Checkered Skipper Butterfly in Broward County, Florida. I'm afraid that on this butterfly, at least for the time being, I'll have to stop my ID at the Checkered Skipper level, because the only way to tell them apart is to take them apart. I'm just not ready to do that unless I find a recently deceased specimen. {Update: Tim sent me directions on how to I.D. these butterflies. See his directions on my Tropical Checkered Skipper page.}

This Tropical Checkered Skipper Butterfly is laying eggs on Sida acuta (Broom weed):

After the yellow flowers fade and fall, wickedly sharp seeds begin to form.
I have no desire to step on these pointy  Broomweed seeds!
In a regularly mowed lawn Sida acuta will flower close to the ground and not be too much of a bother. When it grows on edges that don't get trimmed often, it gets really tall. I let some grow for my butterflies and had to cut it by hand because my weed eater couldn't take it down. It consumes and tangles weed-eater string by the spool!
Checkered Skipper Butterfly lays an egg on Sida acuta, Broom weed
Checkered Skipper Butterfly lays an egg on Sida acuta, Broomweed
fuzzy Tropical Checkered Skipper Butterfly, Pyrgus oileus, sips nectar from small yellow sida acuta flower
Sida acuta, Broom weed, Broomweed, yard weed, butterfly host plant, butterfly nectar plant
wickedly sharp pointy sida acuta seeds, thorny broomweed seeds
I've seen lots of butterflies enjoying a refreshing sip of Broomweed nectar. Mouse over these photos to see which ones I've shared here; they include: Zebra Longwing, Gulf Fritillary, Barred Yellow, and Tropical Checkered Skipper butterflies.
Zebra Heliconian butterfly sips nectar from yellow Sida acuta flower
Gulf Fritillary butterfly sips nectar from yellow Sida acuta flower
Sida acuta, Broom weed, Broomweed, small yellow flower, yard weed, butterfly host plant, butterfly nectar plant
Barred yellow butterfly sips nectar from yellow Sida acuta flower
Sida acuta, Broom weed, Broomweed, green jagged leaves, yard weed, butterfly host plant, butterfly nectar plant
Sida acuta, Broom weed, Broomweed, small yellow flower, yard weed, butterfly host plant, butterfly nectar plant
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