Black Moths Are a Sign of What?

After reviewing white moth symbolism, we thought it was appropriate to determine how many varies between the different colors of moths.

While white moths exhibited almost ethereal characteristics, the black moth is hampered by negative and morbid connotations.

Here we observe the meaning of black moths versus their more lightly coloured relatives.

Symbol of Death

We’ve often discussed how moths are a bad omen, however it is more closely associated with black moths. In many western cultures the appearance of a black moth in ones house is a symbol of death for its inhabitants. Some sort of superstition!

This is considered reversible however, with the death of the black moth by an inhabitant or other causes seemingly dispelling this ill-wishing.

Moths and the Color Black

Black has various spiritual meanings. As a combination of all other colors it is commonly associated with the unknown, reaffirming the mystery of black moths. As a color that limits our senses and perception, black leaves you unsure of what the future holds.

We also often see black associated with mourning. It has long been the appropriate color to wear at funerals and times of mourning within western cultures.

Passed Loved Ones

We discussed white moths as being carriers of souls in a previous post, however the same seems to apply to black moths. It is often common to see a black moth after losing a loved one, symbolising both mourning but also their presence within us.

This is reaffirmed in Jonathan Malberry’s book ‘Wanted Dead or Alive’, where his appendix mentions that “a big black moth in the house means a deceased one is just visiting reincarnated through that moth”.

What to Do if you See a Black Moth

First off – don’t immediately assume death! There are many explanations for an encounter with a black moth, and each is going to be specific to your own situation.

Think about recent life events: has anything significant happened that you can relate this to? Perhaps the recent passing of a friend or relative? The possibilities are numerous.

Avoid treating the encounter with assuredness on any one meaning. With black being the color of the unknown this moth’s symbolism could relate to something that becomes more obvious at a later stage.

What Do Moths Symbolise in Dreams?

Moths in dreams are a common occurrence, and often cause a great deal of confusion for those who encounter this. It’s hard enough to remember dreams as it is, how is it possible that i remember something as insignificant as a moth.

Moths symbolism in dreams can be diverse, and to pinpoint the exact meaning context is key. We’ve written this guide to provide a definitive insight into moth symbolism in dreams, touching on a range of concepts and including relevant examples.

Moths in Dreams Could Mean Interference

The presence of a moth in your dream may represent something or someone that is getting in your way. This is usually common when you are annoyed with how someone is interfering in your life, and having too much of an influence on your ability to live.

The moth may also be symbolising an interference in your life that you are unable to control and have to tackle head on. For example, it is common to see a moth after losing a love one, and having to arrange for a funeral. You are forced to change your life to accomodate this, even though it is an unwelcome burden.


Dream interpreters often consider moths to represent a personal weakness when appearing in one’s dream.

This ties back to the self-destructive nature of the moth, who as we found when reviewing common concepts has a fixated attraction to lunar energy and light. For this reason, it is commonly thought that moths can represent a transient side to an individual’s demeanor.


Moths often represent self-doubt in dreams, highlighting an individual’s mistrust in someone or those close to them. This is often interpreted as the meaning when moths annoy us in our dreams, flying in our personal space or landing on our person.

As we learnt in moths spiritual meanings, the moth may be telling us to avoid overthinking and go with our intuition. Moths may resemble uncertainty but this should serve as a timely reminder to go with your instincts.

Moths in Milk?!

In the Chinese resource Zhuogong’s Dream Dictionary, there is an interpretation specifically about moths falling into a milk.

This is likely to occur after feeling low and depressed about a financial strain, usually through bankruptcy or an unsuccessful business venture.

The presence of a moth in milk should serve as encouragement for perseverance and to continue striving for your dreams. Cheer up and keep pursuing!

Have you had a moth in your dream? How did it appear, and what was the context? Please comment below and we’ll look into this for you.


Luna Moth Symbolism

Here we look in-depth at the common concepts of luna moth symbolism, seek and strive to explain how your fortunate encounter with this incredible species could affect you.


Common throughout the United States, Canada and Northern Mexico, the luna moth (Actias luna) is symbolic for a number of unique reasons. Luna moth symbolism generally relates to their substantial wingspan (up to 4.5 inches) and their life purpose once they emerge from their cocoons.


Luna Moth Symbolism and Love

It’s rather difficult to fathom how moths can possibly represent love given they are usually more considered to have negative meaning (see our complete list of moth symbolism concepts). This is where luna moths are different.

A luna moth emerges from its cocoon with not long for this earth. The average lifespan is a week, during which time they have no means to eat (no mouths). Their week (and life) goal is simple: to reproduce. To make love, the strongest of human emotions.

Many observers believe this to be a reminder of the importance of ceasing the day. Live and love to the fullest and enjoy every experience that gets thrown your way. That’s as the luna moth does.



Luna moths are a beautiful member of the animal kingdom, with the unique patterns across their wings marvelled by enthusiasts worldwide.

Encounters with luna moths are rare, so any time they bless us with their presence is not only a thrill, but a time for reflection.

With such a short livespan, many believe the luna moth appears to individuals to remind them to remove themselves from life’s petty problems. Your lifetime is only short – forget about what is stressing and concerning you and focus on being loving to others.


A Symbol of Protection and Success

The striking patterns of the luna moth are directly related to its symbolism. These patterns across the wingspan provide protection to luna moths against common predators, including owls and bats. This protection against a formidable foe serves as an opportunistic time to challenge anything you’re struggling to overcome.

As sightings are rare, the protection symbolism is seen as being sporadic. This is something we should aim to capitalise on, with the sighting of the enigmatic moth believed to bring success against foes.


Do you have any further experiences on luna moth encounters? What did they mean? Comment below to let us know!

What is the Symbolic Meaning of Moths?

Have you ever had a moth act a little bit unusual around you? Perhaps they are drawn to you, or constantly appear when your mood changes? What is the symbolic meaning?


Moth symbolism relates to various spiritual meanings that experts believe are relevant when you encounter moths repeatedly (e.g 3-4 times in a week) or when they are particularly friendly around you. We’ll tackle the various explanations of moth symbolism, and what messages they are trying to convey.


Moths mean intuition

As we found in what moths commonly symbolise, their behaviors have proved difficult for scientists to explain in reason. As a result, moths have a close symbolic connection with intuition.


If you’re constantly having encounters with moths, you may need to sit back and review a life decision from a new perspective. Are you thinking too much about the destinations before undertaking the journey? The constant presence of moths should lead you to think with gut other than second-guessing yourself. Taking emotional attachment out of decisions and be neutral often assists here too.


Moths in Dreams

A constant message or symbol in your dreams could mean that you are receiving guidance from your guide in the spiritual domain. There can be several meanings when it comes to seeing moths in dreams, with this largely depending on the context of the situation, the type of moth and your interaction with it.


To make sense of these dreams we recommend having a read of our in-depth guide to moths in dreams.


Don’t be Materialistic

Many concepts of moth symbolism have grown out of their nocturnal behavior and attraction to the light. Cultures have often connected this back to the idea that a moth’s focus on light relate to effectiveness, humility and efficiency. They cite that a moth encounter may be telling us to shy away from confrontation and keep focused on the end goal, or the bigger picture.


This can also be tied back to abstaining from obsessing over material goods. There’s no need to be materialistic for a moth, they have one focus and this isn’t hindered by possessions. All you need is a light to guide you!


Moths bring you security and reaffirm the importance of trusting your intuition, regardless of what others think.

Mood Swings and Moths

The energy of the moon affects people in differing ways. If you constantly find yourself having changes in mood that happen almost sporadically, you share something in common with moths: you’re sensitive to lunar energy!


Does your body and emotions react to the phases of the moon? This is commonly experienced in the presence of a full moon, which can often cause a depressed mood that is difficult to rationalise.


Moths fall into the same boat, with their sensitivity and attraction to the moon being their sole purpose in life. This plays back into intuition – the sign of a moth should force you to stop and think from a more instinctual perspective.




Moths are incredibly sensitive creatures. They are known for having incredibly acute hearing, with their wings allowing them to hear higher frequencies and even sense vibrations surrounding them.


This is symbolic with two main spiritual meanings with humans: the unspoken and sensitivity. It’s a sign that we should be considering not only what is being spoken but that which is unspoken, and what underlying messages may be present in our conversations and relationships. Body language is a key sign here, so it is recommended to closely observe how those around us are acting.


Are you sensitive to others, or perhaps present a severe lack of sensitivity? This also comes back to rethinking a situation through intuition. As you can see, the spiritual meanings of moths are intertwined and follow very similar concepts.


Spiritual Warning


Moths and their connection to blind faith have been observed in previous posts, and the presence of moth should serve as a warning to be vigilant. Don’t fall into a decision without considering things from a range of perspectives, and use intuition when things get complicated.


Moths reminds us to always prepare yourself for any situation, and keep on your toes.




The spiritual meaning of moths varies between cultures, and last year’s swarms of giant moths in Malaysia had many citizens curious of what they symbolised.


The common consensus was that a moth inside your home was a sign that someone was visiting, touching back on old myths that moths represented departed loved ones. There are numerous recollections on this on the Experience Collective that fuel this spiritual meaning


Do you know of other moth symbolic meanings? Comment below and we’ll look into them!