/ Photo by HaPe_Gera /
Although insects are some of smallest creatures on earth, they pack a big message. When I see a stick bug, I’m reminded to sit still. I recognize that I’m rushing around too much. Watch them: They are motionless, the great mimes of the insect world. They model to us being in the now and appreciating the present moment.
A honeybee greeting you suggests a period of high productivity. Sometimes their appearance could indicate sexual advances from a new suitor. I remember eating dinner with a friend and a honeybee stationed herself on the window next to our table during our whole meal. My friend said she recognized a man sitting in the restaurant. For several months, he pestered her to go out with him.
Different species of an insect family identify varied characteristics and meaning. For example, a swarm of wasps at your door could foretell a confrontation with someone who has an angry, stinging temperament. Honeybees produce a sacred, healing nectar, but the wasp does not – it’s more of a nuisance.
Butterflies are spiritually oriented bugs. Their beauty represents all the hard work that comes from the chrysalis stage of retreat, reexamination, and self-awareness. We feel awkward in this gestation period, rudderless, and often consumed with our life challenges. For a while, we feel permanently stuck in our caterpillar suits!
The internal transformation seems to take forever, but it does lead to a beautiful new self — a celebration and dance of the butterfly — the emergence of a new consciousness. Finally, a long awaited change arrives making us light on our feet.
Butterflies are not insects. They are self-propelled flowers.
~Robert A. Heinlein
On a Sunday afternoon in June, my husband and I encountered several butterflies on a dirt trail paralleling a stream in Nederland, Colorado.
When you see an insect, note the following details to discern the meaning:
- What color are they? (Black and yellow with a turquoise and purple tail — Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly.)
- How many are there? (Four nestled together, and one on the side.)
- What is their behavior? (On the ground in conference.)
- Which direction are they facing? (Except for the fifth one, their heads were all meeting at one central point.)
- Where did they show up? (On a trail next to a stream.)
- What time is it? (12:45 pm.)
The butterflies looked like they were in a conference, putting their heads together. They weren’t in flight – they were on the ground – with their wings wide spread. Butterflies are naturally flighty, but this group is huddled together in a “thinking” formation. This sign could represent a well-thought-out decision between four-related individuals, an inspired and bold finale designated by the yellow and black tiger-like colors, and the turquoise tail. I’ll keep you posted.
Don’t be afraid of insects. They too have a story to tell. Listen to their story and you’ll find that you met an advisor, a mentor, a friend for the day.
What bug adventures would you like to share?