Bidens pilosa – Beggar Tick

Other notes

Natural History: Naturalized Annual Herb.
A annual herb native to Tropical America, but now naturalized worldwide. It grows aggressively on disturbed land and often becomes weedy. Flowers are small yellowish white. Fruits are achene (Flowers of India, 2023).


Other Common Names: Black-jack, Cobblers Pegs, Hitch Hikers, Spanish Needle (Flowers of India, 2023).


Flowers of India (2023): Beggar Tick. URL:, accessed on 18 Nov 2023.
WFO (2023): Bidens pilosa L. URL:, accessed on 18 Nov 2023.

Page citation

Kawthankar, N. 2024. Bidens pilosa L. – Beggar Tick. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 4.12. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL:, accessed 2024/05/23.