Discover the Spiritual Symbolism And Meaning of a Moth Landing on You

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What Does It Mean When A Moth Lands On you?

Moths: the butterflies of the night

Moths are a unique cousin of the butterfly, preferring the moonlight to the afternoon sun. These special creatures are mysterious and hold a significant meaning within our lives, especially if one lands on you. In this article, you’ll explore the moth’s spiritual symbolism and what it means if you pay yourself a visit.

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“Between our birth and death we may touch understanding, As a moth brushes a window with its wing.”

-Christopher Fry

Spiritual symbolism of moths

Because moths a nocturnal, they are associated with the moon, often flying toward light sources with determination. Moths symbolize feminine energy and the power of the moon’s effects on the earth. These insects are a reminder to tap into the art of receiving and yourself to attune to the natural flow of the world.

Another spiritual symbol of the moth of divine assistance. In nature, moths are one of the most important pollinators we have. These qualities represent the assistance that exists behind the scenes that we may be unaware of but is always working in our favor.

moth ploinating flower

What does it mean when a moth lands on you?

While some bugs are unpleasant, the moth is often less threatening if it happens to land on you. Here are the top three reasons a moth may land on you, as well as a scientific explanation for it!

Scientific explanation of a moth landing on you

If you happen to find a moth land on you, there’s often a scientific reason for this occurrence. The main reason may be that you are near a light source. Moths are guided towards and attracted to light, and if you’re standing near a street light or house light, a moth may land on your shoulder to find stability while basking in the light.

If there is no light around, a moth may land on you as a resting ground, just as they would a tree or a house. In the daytime, moths can land on people when they are tired and trying to find a place to rest until the evening.

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There are some species of moths that are born without mouths. Their main purpose is to evolve from their caterpillar state just long enough for them to mate.

Because of this, they are able to metamorphosize quickly, leaving out any unnecessary steps along the way. If you find a moth land on you, it may be a sign that you should spend some time in silence.

When you are silent, you allow yourself to be present with your thoughts and emotions. The moth may appear when you are avoiding certain thoughts or have suppressed emotions that should be resolved for your own benefit.


In the wild, moths are very skilled in mimicking other animals to avoid being eaten as prey. Certain species have evolved to bear markings that resemble other insect predators, helping them stay safe.

When a moth lands on you, it may be a sign that you are a highly adaptable person. If this isn’t the case, it may be a sign that you must learn to be more adaptable within a certain area of your life in order to find success.

moth on flower

Let Loose

One of the most interesting facts about moths is that they love beer! Many people leave out mixtures of beer and sweeteners for moths to enjoy during their nightly explorations.

If a moth lands on you, it may be a sign for you to let loose and enjoy yourself. Maybe you’ve been too focused on work or some area of your life that’s held too much of your focus.

Spend time with your family and friends, and give yourself the space to relax and enjoy yourself.

When a moth lands on me, is it bad luck?

If a moth lands on you, you may or may not be struck with fear, depending on whether you enjoy these creatures. While any bug landing on you can be alarming, it’s likely a positive sign when it’s a moth.

These insects are children of the moon and are here to help guide you and give you answers to the unanswered questions in your life.

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What does it mean if you see a dead moth?

If you find a dead moth, there are many reasons for this occurrence.

Shadow Work

Moths have an affinity for light. Finding a dead moth can symbolize the need to go into the darkness, otherwise known as your shadow. The shadow is your inner world, thoughts, beliefs, and emotions.

The dead moth may be calling you towards looking deep within yourself to help you overcome any issues that exist there, helping you move forward in your life.


Because some moths don’t have mouths, finding a dead moth may symbolize the need to communicate in some areas of your life. If there’s been distance in a relationship, or you haven’t expressed your feelings about a project or situation, the dead moth may appear to represent your responsibility to open up communication at this time.

Read more about the dead moth symbolism in our post.

Death's-head Hawk-moth
Death’s-head hawk moth

Colors of the landing moth and their meanings


A yellow moth landing on you brings with it positivity, joy, and innocence. This experience calls you to tap into your inner child.


Red is the color of passion and ambition. When a red moth lands on you, you are encouraged to go after your dreams and take action toward your desires.

red moth meaning
Cinnabar moth (scientific name: tyria jacobaeae)


Green is associated with love and abundance. When a green moth lands on you, you have an abundance of love in your life right now. Find ways to express your love to the people in your life.


The color pink is associated with comfort and nurturing. If you’re going through a difficult time and feel alone in the world, a pink moth may appear to offer you a sense of comfort and love.

Rosy maple moth (scientific name: dryocampa rubicunda)
Rosy maple moth (scientific name: dryocampa rubicunda)

Top 3 fun facts about the moth

  • More than seven miles away, a male moth can detect a female.
  • Many adult moths do not eat, and some even lack mouths.
  • In the United States alone, there are more than 11,000 species of moths.
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Moths are special little insects that bring with them a great message. The next time you find one of these creatures out in the night or landing on you on an evening walk, pay attention to what it may symbolize within your own life.


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Author: John McDonald
John, an expert in spiritual wellness, shares his knowledge on Yoga, Mindfulness, Chakras, and more from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Join his journey of self-discovery on our blog.

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