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!r







70 thoughts on “What is the Symbolic Meaning of Moths?”

  1. I had a most bizarre experience today. I heard the front door of my home open, and startled I came through the house to see the locked door standing wide open and the largest brown moth I have ever seen flying around in the fourier. I have been in a very strange mood for the past couple of days, emotional and anxious. I’m just wondering if was a sign, a spirit visiting, or what. I would love to know anyone’s opinions. Thanks for any and all.
    Jon Vance
    Galveston, Tx.

    1. What’s so weird ..I’m at work looking at this big, fat, brown moth. First thought it was a butterfly until research. This is the second moth in 3 days Ive seen.
      What is really going on?

    2. For me, big black moths bring tragedies and deaths. Everytime. I recently dreamt of a large gold luna moth. In my dream they called it a seven. After researching i found that when they mature they only live a week.. hope tbis helps

    3. That’s what they call a “mammoth moth” every thing I’ve read says it’s a Spirit of someone who has recently passed. Or Good Fortune such as you should buy a lottery ticket I’ve also had the same experience with a mammoth moth for the past 4 days

  2. Hello,

    I had a white butterfly land on my arm in a dream. After its was there for a few minutes it started to disintegrate.

  3. I was just watching the horror movie “The Possession”, and saw that a common symbol during each of the possession scenes that there was always a moth… Is there a more sinister theme the moth symbolizes, or what?

  4. I just had a rather strange experience with a brown colored moth a few moments ago…I was outside and a brown moth came flying around me almost frantically, it followed me when I walked around and even stayed by the screen door for a while when I went inside. So of course I had to Google it, and ended up here! I have been feeling very out of sorts lately and more anxious than usual. Reading this article helped put things more into perspective. I should mention this happened around 4:00 pm and I had a moonstone in my pocket.

  5. My cat chased a very large beautiful moth toward me. I saved it from her claws but later found she had gone back to it and killed it.

  6. I recently had a dream of two incredibly large moths sat on to of each other, then breaking apart flying around and attacking me.

  7. I dreamt a very large moth invaded my space, clinging to everything, and started trying to weave moth balls on my clothing. When I tried to remove it, it bit me with a pincher like mouth (although I know they don’t have that). I ended up trying to kill it. I put it in a bucket and drowned it with very hot water. Only it didn’t die. It lost its wings and continued to move around under the water.

    1. I had something like that although I’m the daughter in that situation and they were all over my room but alive

  8. Hello, I dreamt about a talking moth. I considered him a good friend and kept him close to protect him however my partner and I were making our bed when he saw the moth and started swatting him away. I managed to stop my partner but the moth had lost all the dust off one of its wings and was dying. The moth told me not to worry and that it was ok. I was profoundly upset by this and cried in the dreamed I was cleaning up all the greenery I had made for him to live in. I still felt the sadness when I woke. I’ve never dreamt about moths before so thought this was very odd!

  9. I dreamt I saw a giant fluffy moth inside a building. Took it outside to release. When I threw it up in the air, it just fell, stumbled and rolled into a nearby river. I freaked out and ran to see where in the water the moth fell…It moved a bit but then started to drown. I jumped into the water to pull it out, but the water got merky, from disturbance, and i could not see it. I got back up on the shore and a few seconds later I saw it floating underwater (clear water). I was able to grab it. Then I started to blow air inside it and smacked it a few times – suddenly it came back to life. I think on the end it turned into a person with strange eyes….i woke up around that moment, therefore not sure. I have never dreamt of a moth b4…but saving a moth twice…is totally strange dream.

  10. i guess all this about moth are true, me being bothered about Making a decision, because i have always been with doubthful mind about my present position, mayb i shuld just quiet, suddenly at night the door was mistakingly opened, me sitting down busy wit chat, and this friendly of a butterfly came in, I was like what rubbish and feel annoyed so i went after it and struggle to kill it abt 5min, at d end i did killed it, then i sat down and think abt it then make a goggle search about name of a butterfly at night, now i end up knowing the name, which i also end up here and seeing similar things to my. Knowing about all this, am sad killing it.

  11. I have had 2 different types of moths in the last couple of days come and stay by my door. Not sure what this means but it’s got to mean something it’s just too bizarre. I had actually free the last one from a bag of potting soil when it landed on the sidewalk my cat try to eat it I took it out of his mouth. It flew off and the next morning it was back by my door it’s big and beautiful and black and white and grey.

    1. Hello Paula, Moths are very timid
      and sensitive you may look at the situation differently they may be in your presents to enlighten you. So if things seem little misplaced around you then is is time to settle down and take time out for yourself. They draw toward sensitive people like them selves but sometimes they may carry a subtle spirit with them as a loving and one protective one. Then sometimes you may have a unexpected visitor but any way use your tuition and watch for certain things that are happening
      Around you.

  12. On Sunday evening we had a really heavy downpour and when going to run a bath i saw a yellow moth on the edge of the bath. I’ve checked wich one it is and it’s a Brimstone moth, supposed to be common but the first time i’ve seen one. It was wet so i helped dry it with tissue as best as possible and not to damage it’s wings and put it onto my Spider plant to recover. In the morning i found it near the bath on the wall. I encouraged it onto my hand and let it fly out the window. I felt good that i saved it! Was i being visited?

  13. I was leaving on a Sunday morning to attend service. I dont normally go out the front door. I encountered a very beautiful lime green luna moth. When i returened it was gone. The next morning as i prepared myself to go for a walk. The luna moth was back. Whats up with that , should i be worried.

  14. A gray moth in a dream can symbolize that you’re upset with or irritated by someone or something and you may not have even realized just how upset you were until the situation was over. Moths can also represent feelings of weakness in being able to handle important issues or difficult people in your life. That means you will have good luck, whether its money or a husband or whatever, you will receive good lucky, but only as long as the moth is still there

  15. Hi there! So I had this dream where this moth, who started out as only slightly big, messed with my dreams. It nestled itself within our ceiling. It kept giving me good dreams until I’ve realised that there were too many fallacies and impossible things happening. As it kept feeding on my fake happiness, it got bigger and dirtier. I pointed out to my (in the dream) friends that these things around me were all not real. The moth turned from its nest and started to attack me. My friend told me that I had to kill it if I wanted to get out. I slashed the moth in half with a giant fountain pen, and a giant red(?) ball came out of it. My friends congratulated me, but while I was happy about it, they suddenly said none of this, not even they were real. Them they and everything else slowly turned into worms or larvae, even the ceiling. The worms fell to the floor and slowly crawled away to the darkness. Then I woke up. Any interpretations please?

  16. Just today, upon waking up, I noticed on my bedroom ceiling a white moth. It was stationary, and its wings were open as wide as possible. I honestly thought it was dead or had died some time during the previous evening. I gently blew on it and the wings moved slightly, the moth itself didn’t. A family member had told me that our cat had been chasing it the previous evening. It took refuge in my bedroom. I went to get one of the cat’s feather toys to nudge it. It flew off quickly. I managed to catch it in a bathroom cup and it was released out an open bathroom window. It flew off once outside in the open air. I’m glad it hadn’t died or was injured and that it has its freedom again. But…now I’m wondering what its visit to me meant. I recently had a death in the family and I’ve also been sick with an undiagnosed illness for a couple years now. (Doctors here can’t seem to figure out what’s going on with me. Tests come back “normal”.) I’m hoping the white moth meant good things are coming. I sure could use some good news.

  17. I dreamed that a Goddess was seated at the head of a table surrounded by me and several other people, random strangers and she chose me to send a Luna moth to. At the same time I had to “call it”. It landed on my hand and it was huge, twice the size of my hand. The Goddess then told me that I had to sacrifice an Earthworm and arrange a “circle” for a wedding ceremony. I was instructed to make this circle using four pieces of furniture in a certain manner, square, and the people would round it out at the four corners.

  18. Everything is connected, I am very pleased to read this. I have had a medium sized white moth only appear when I am in the room, per my husband, the moth is for me. I feel better, second guessing my self has always been an issue. Thanks for this information,
    Goddess Bless

  19. I was dreaming i was at school, when suddenly i was surrounded my moths flying everywhere in the air around me. They scratched and tickled my skin, it was peaceful but also scary. There were other people there watching horrified as it happened. We were all outside on the school track during gym. I was talking with a friend when i noticed just a few at first, but then there where so many i couldnt see past them.

  20. I just had an amazing experience, this moth, while I was frantically sorting out art coursework, simply began sitting on my desk, flitting around, before stopping still and sitting on my palm, I was on a Face call with a friend, and I showed him the moth with no problems, moving my hand or anything, it was simply content to sit with me, it flew off later, but about an hour passed, and it came back, floating infront of my face, flitting about my body before landing on my chest, walking along my arm and onto my hand again. It felt very calming and peaceful. I loved it

  21. Hello.
    I woke up very early this morning thinking about this dream I had and need to know what it means. I dreamed of huge white beautiful moth wings I was supposed to wear to fly.
    But aware of the owl that was nearby watching and waiting for the opportunity to hunt the great moth wings. So I was reluntant in fear of the owl. There was another great moth that obviously had experience with owl and camouflaged himself so owl couldn’t see him but that moth had to stay like that forever. I still became great moth in desire to fly and that moment I became great moth. I flew among trees half blind And feared the owl but I got away. Owls can mean good in dreams so I wondered about this dream. Thank you. God bless.

  22. I too had an experience with a moth last night bright yellow and hit of brown thro it .. flew in house twice got it out twice , I need to get a boiler smaller .. I never worry I just go and do it ,, So maybe that lovely moth was my reason for not going .. but i will today …

  23. I had a long dream part of it had a lot of moths with red furry backs fluttering around a lobby of a building and it was annoying. The dream says moths symbolize interfering or annoying people and the night before i had a visit from a friend who came back after long months and he was being annoying also ive had thoughts and memories that i dont want because its negative but maybe i should try to reconcile as ive let myself hold grudges about this before


  25. In my dream, I saw a giant rainbow moth with no legs land in front of me on the ground. I looked down at it and it fly upward then landed again. I helped it up a couple times. The last time I helped, it flew towards a house and disappeared. What does it mean?

  26. It was a moth that was very detailed and intricate almost as if the wings were made of lace. The moth was larger then my hand. It flew behind the curtain on the window and the moon was shining on the Other side of the window that made the moths silhouette through the curtain.

  27. I found a moth when I came into work and made sure it flew out the window. A few minutes later that same moth came back in! I knew there was a meaning to it but I didnt look it up. Then another few minutes passed by and somehow a moth three times the size appeared right on my window trying to fly out! I’m in the middle of making a decision to work less hours so I can have time for myself. Hmmm and I’m posting this at 11:11 OMG okay I just saw two more moths in here!!

  28. the scenario goes: I am just seated and everybody was going restless about a moth flying around. I have read somewhere that when you are actually dwelling on the feeling that you’re scared, it gives out pheromones that attract the vector more. So, I remained calm and you know it was a huge moth. And it was somehow flapping in slow motion that I could actually see how the colors are Picasso like drawn to the wing. The details were so precise but it’s all in brown I almost thought it was beautiful until it splatted on my head so strong I went blank. I saw white light and that’s it. It was not that huge though just like the size of your palm. But it was eeky. Except when I got overwhelmed with the blending colors of the wing you know? Anyway, as I read about it, it’s so interesting to finally know what it means. Actually, it is so right!

  29. A few minutes ago, two moths flew into my room while i had my window open for a cigarette. One is a pale color and the other is a darker brown, both are pretty big. They each landed on separate walls of the room in the exact same position. I just came into my room after having a really intense and emotional conversarion with my mom (hence the need for a cigarette). I just dont know if it means anything or not, i mean all of the things ive read on here seem to corrolate well with how ive been feeling lately, and even the subject me and my mom were discussing. Theyre still sitting in here, theyre very calming and admireable, its like theyre working together.

  30. In my dream my cousin was trying to fish with the large green moth and I got it from him and held it in my hands and felt like the moth was at peace and I told my cousin to go dig some worms and fish with worms and then I let the moth go

  31. Came for a crusade in my church, we used the stadium, it’s sunny and dusty and I have been troubled lately as regards making a major decision that will either make or ruin me. Stood staring into thin air and suddenly felt something crawl up my leg, it was a grey and black moth with some red patches. I picked it up and played with it, it didn’t fly off my hand until much later… less than 5minuites later a grey one landed on my chest close to my neck and didn’t move. Felt really great.

    1. Can we get an update? I’ve been worried about a business decision that would make or break me. But this morning, I had a moth fly on me in a county building. Not once, but twice. I tried to let it outside but it kept flying off of my paper. Then I just left it there and a man walked by and squished him. It was a gray mouth with black on the wings. I felt a little peace after it landed on me. It was so cute… What could this possibly mean?

  32. This morning I dreamed I had a small black moth tattooed on my left thigh and the room I was in also had a large moth carving high on the wall towards the ceiling which was also black… Interesting.

  33. I saw a butterfly and a moth in my bedroom, I felt really scared and I tried to make them leave through my door but I ended up ripping off the wings of the moth so it walked out of my room while the butterfly left by choice.

  34. there are times when i see a moth flying around outside my living room window at night and then the next day there is Breaking News that someone famous died…

  35. The tiniest little moth just followed me all the way into my room, maybe about 500ft. Its just mounted in my sofa, I don’t know if it means anything, but I’m waiting for something amazing to happen. Wish me luck .

  36. The moth in my dream was 3 winged. It was black with bright blue spots. It was covering my face my mouth in particular. But I could still speak. I couldn’t get it off. What does this mean.

  37. I was skiing down a mountain when suddenly I noticed a giant moth in front of me. When I skiied towards it, the moth opened its wings wide, blocking my path. I tried to ski around the moth but suddenly it became airborne and engulfed me in its wings. The second I touched the moth body, the moth and I both burst in into flame. Out of the ashes, many tiny moths were reborn and flew up into the sky in a giant black cloud. I’ve never dreamed of moths before so I have no idea what this means. Can someone please help me interpret my dream? I read somewhere that a cloud of moths means that I will die in 7 days and I am very scared. I dreamed of the moths 3 days ago. Am I going to die?!?!?!?!?!

  38. I went back to Secondary School, which I have finished already in real life. I saw about 5 of my old friends who I don’t speak to anymore, and there was this giant Moth up against the wall, it tried to attack me, then I woke up.

  39. The night before the was a moth in my dream.it was on the curtains above my head where i slept.i thought to my self as i awoke in the dream that i should remove it…but it seemed to be observing me..i left the room and forgot this dream almost…before i awoke.the next night in the same place was a moth abouta foot big in sam place…but had a snow white tail like a fox..i reached towerds it it begain to glow a blue color withen it..started to freak out..i moved my hand back and forth the tsil followed..after i decided not to kill it…becuse it was freaking me out..the glow subsided a bit.then the tail rekaxed and cured back and forth like a dog waging its tail slowly….wth does this possible mean?ty for your time…wonder what ill see tonight 3rd night.

  40. I dreamt that a moth was removed from my ear which was so uncomfortable for me before it was removed. What does it mean please?

  41. I’ve been in the weirdest mood, and have been feeling dizzy for the past week, which has made me even feel weirder. I’ve been seeing dead and alive moths for the past month and a half. At work, on the street inside my car etc.
    Yesterday I came back from work and a light brown moth was on the ceiling (made me very anxious) I don’t like them very much, while I was deep asleep it woke me up with a very loud buzzing sound. Followed it around until I put it in a box and let it out in the balcony. Today just right now happened the same thing this one was black, so I put it in a box and let it out on the balcony.
    I decided to look up the meaning… and found all of this. I let you know what happened… I know there is a very specific message.

  42. I had a dream that a large black moth “attacked” me in the shower. It wasn’t really so much an attack, I just hate insects. I was showering and saw the moth outside the shower curtain. I just hoped it wouldn’t bother me but then I went to rinse my shampoo and felt it on my head, I freaked and then it clung to my eyelid and I couldn’t get it off… I was panicking so badly that I woke up.

  43. I got news my Dad was at the end of his life, I stayed at his care home for 5 days until he passed away then with family for 3 more nights after he died to arrange the funeral.When I eventually got back to my own house 8 days later ( which is 30 miles away ) a huge dark moth came flying towards me from a bag I keep for recycling paper and plastic.At this point I didn’t know what it was, I was terrified.It circled my head a few times then frantically rested above a picture of my Dad on the wall.My heart was racing. I shouted out “if that’s you Dad, please come back but not as a moth” Another one appeared (from nowhere) the two flew together in circles then rested on another wall or far from one another.The following morning the larger one was nowhere to be seen yet the slightly smaller one flighted around my kitchen ( I thought of the 2nd one being my mum who died 12 years ago).I then discovered the larger one was resting on my bedroom carpet whilst the smaller one rested in the kitchen.Dads funeral was 9 days after he passed away.I was cleaning the kitchen window sill when I noticed the small one was dead but attached to the cloth, then I wondered about the larger one.It was still on my carpet.. I touched it (nervously) …it turned to dust! That was the day after the funeral.

  44. There was a picture of this Large Beautiful Brown moth that I came across the other day, in this 8 by 8 frame and today September 22 a Beautiful Yellow moth stuck to my front door for hours At one point I went back to check on it and noticed a lizard trying to attack it So I put it in a tree and it didn’t like that at all. It kept falling to the ground. So then I brought it into my screen enclosure and it rested for 5 minutes anf flew up on my house speaker near my back door. At that point I made a decision that it probably needed to rest from the Rain we had earlier so I was able to catch it once again and set it free. What an unusual color Yellow with gold spots. What do you think the message was.

    Joannea Mansoor

  45. I was on the backyard, as I was coming inside the house this giant moth crossed my path. It landed on the grass it was injured a leg was missing. I called my daughter outside and we’re taking pictures. She video tape the moth and about a minute later we saw it die. What does this all mean?

  46. I happened to be in Las Vegas Manaday Bay Hotel during that historical event last week. My room was 2 floor below the epicenter but was facing the south side. Two days after that event, there was a gray moth in my room came out of nowhere. All my windows are closed and door closed and our room was in the middle of the whole wing. I captured it and released it in the lobby. The next day, there was another gray moth showed up out of nowhere again. I did the same and released it. Does this mean anything that I saw two moths two days in a row after that event ? When I tried to google the significant of seeing moth, it led me here. I just felt like I have to report it here as it seems very unusual to me.

  47. In my dream, I was on a Playground in the middle of the day, and I met a girl amd we became friends. While playing on the playground a Tolype Moth flew over amd landed on my finger, it was clinging very tightly and I could feel a tight pressure on my finger. She called it a Pterodactyl moth and after that I went to the edge of the playset and pushed it off my finger. It didn’t fly, it just fell, I ran down to see if it was okay. It was stuck on it’s side and flapping it’s wings, but not moving it’s legs. I grabbed a stick and had it climb on. After I picked it up, I woke up. Can anyone explain?

  48. I had 2 months on my motel door for
    Two days, now there is 1 month on my door for 3 days and it’s still there, the other month die
    What does this mean!!!

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