Black Butterfly Meaning & Spiritual Symbolism

by Ryan Hart | Updated on September 5, 2019 | Post may contain affiliate links

I recently had a black butterfly land on me and was curious what it meant.

So I went on a journey to uncover the symbolism and spiritual meaning of seeing black butterflies. What I learned was very surprising.

I’m excited to share these discoveries with you.

Plus, after I reveal the spiritual meaning of butterflies, I will share the most common signs from heaven that a deceased loved one is with you.

Ready to find out what it means when you see a black butterfly?

Let’s get started!

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What Does it Mean When You See a Black Butterfly?

Butterflies symbolize hope, transformation, and new beginnings.

In fact, throughout their lifespan, butterflies go through many changes called metamorphosis.

For example, they grow from an egg into a caterpillar, then they transform into a beautiful butterfly.

While we do not grow wings like butterflies, we also go through many changes throughout our life. That’s why seeing a butterfly is thought to carry a very important spiritual message about hope.

So the next time you see a butterfly, watch very carefully as it may be trying to get your attention.

Here’s what it means when you see a black butterfly:

1. You Will Have a Sleepless Night

When you see a black butterfly, this is a sign that you recently had a sleepless night or will have a difficult time falling asleep soon.

Black butterflies can be symbolic of stress or a financial problem you are dealing with at the moment.

You might be wondering whether you made the right decision or said the wrong thing. You continue to worry about something that happened in the past and wonder what you should have done differently.

Although your friends and family are usually there to support you, this is a problem you have been dealing with all on your own.

The good news is that this stress will not last long. Just as a butterfly disappears as quickly as it arrived, so will your problems.

If you have been praying for a financial blessing in your life, seeing a black butterfly is a reminder that God will provide all that you need (Matthew 6:25).

2. Your Family Relationships Will Improve

Butterflies might appear in response to your thoughts or prayers for guidance in your relationships.

If you’ve been having problems with relationships in your family, seeing a black butterfly might be a positive sign.

The disagreements you’ve been having with the people you care about may soon end on a positive note.

On the other hand, if you are struggling to forgive someone close to you, this could be a sign to stop feeling angry at this person.

Letting go of the anger you feel inside might lead to a beautiful transformation in your life. So when you see a black butterfly, remember that it could symbolize a new beginning in your relationships.

3. You Are Learning How to Cope with Aging

Seeing a black butterfly is often a sign that you are learning how to cope with aging well. Getting older is not an easy process, but you are starting to get the hang of it.

Although you are active and have much energy, it is no secret that you are feeling the effects of aging much earlier than you were expecting.

This may present itself as being more forgetful or having a difficult time remembering things. You thought having memory problems would happen at a much older age, but it’s part of your life now.

As you get older you might be struggling to maintain the romance in your relationship or get the attention of the opposite sex.

While you cannot turn back the clock, you are slowly learning new ways to stay young at heart and enjoy the next stage in your life.

When you see a black butterfly, this is a reassuring sign that you are handling these challenges well.

Common Types of Black Butterflies

The type of black butterfly you see will depend on which part of the world you are in. There are hundreds of butterfly species with black wings, but they all carry very similar spiritual messages.

Some of the most common butterflies you’ll find in the United States include the Black Swallowtail and Common Sootywing.

Names of Black Butterflies:

  • Archduke (Lexias dirtea)
  • Atala (Eumaeus atala)
  • Common Green Birdwing (Ornithoptera priamus)
  • Eastern Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)
  • Gold Rim Swallowtail (Battus polydamas)
  • Lysander Cattleheart (Parides lysander)
  • Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus)

It is rare to encounter a butterfly that is purely black in color. Instead, if you look closely to their wings, you might notice spots of different colors. Butterflies are often speckled with white, yellow, orange, red, or blue spots on their wings.

Although butterflies are thought to deliver special spiritual messages, there are ways you can attract more of them into your yard.

Butterflies feed off of the nectar of flowers and use the leaves of certain plants to lay their eggs.

They are attracted to nectar plants such as Milkweed, Marigolds, and Sunflowers.

If you want more butterflies next season, consider planting more nectar flowers in groups or bunches in your garden.

Signs From Heaven That a Deceased Loved One is with You

Here are the 15 most common signs that a deceased loved one is with you:

1. Feathers on the Ground

The next time you pass by a feather on the ground, don’t ignore it. Feathers are one of the most common ways to receive messages from angels and deceased loved ones in heaven.

2. Finding Pennies and Dimes

One way that a deceased loved one might send you a sign is by placing pennies, dimes or quarters on the ground in front of you. I like to call them “pennies from heaven” and they are a special way to remember loved ones that have passed away.

Click here to see the entire list of signs from heaven

Now It's Your Turn

And now I’d like to hear from you.

Have you ever had a black butterfly land on you?

What do you think it means when you see black butterflies?

Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now.

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Comment on this article:

Comments:

Ryan Hart
When was the last time you saw a black butterfly? Please leave a comment and let me know.
Jenny
I saw a black butterfly tonight. It reminded me of many things and gave me a little hope.
Theresa
I saw a black butterfly in the center of my front porch. When I open the door it flow away. I closed the door and t returned to the same spot. This happened three times. There was nothing in that spot Ithat it landed on. I went out and cleaned the porch and it didn't return.
Siahara Shyne Carter
I saw it Today after I came back from grocery store. It flys around me then When I walked towards it just flew away. I think it's really a good sign :)
Charles
Powerful interpretation of the black butterfly spirit. I believe in divine timing and this article hit home on so many levels. Thank you for sharing this with the rest of us.
richelle
all doors and windows are shut in my basement flat... when i came out of the bathroom a black butterfly came flying out of no-where. please tell me what it means?
Cyril
One type of a butterfly, Black with orange and purple spots often visits me in the house and sometime it disappears quickly. I don't know what it means, but reading form your article; what I can say is that I am currently have huge Financial Problems, I'm unemployed, I never found in employment. What I am trying to do to change my situation, I am doing Forex Trading. Therefore; I am wondering if maybe this butterfly symbolises that I'll be successful?....
Khitha
I just saw a blackbutterfly wondering around my flat, then dissapeared after bathing saw it again so I killed, I didn't know the meaning of it but now I know, Thank you for explaining, I was frightened seeing a small black butterfly at night time, couldn't understand.
Alice
I was visited by a black and white. Spending time on my sandal and also on my foot.
Ruby Ortega
Today a big black butterfly was flying around inside the funeral home during my uncle’s services. It landed on my mom’s lap. I have mixed feelings of what this could mean.
Mimika
I was in the garden when a black butterfly landed on me. I fear this is a bad omen. Is that true?
Candice McClellan
I've been having visions of butterflies, twice now. The first one was at church, I saw a flaming butterfly, it was huge and in 3D. The butterfly was standing in front of the pastor. Right before & after, I had a vision of money, all small bills under $20 were falling at my feet. So I had that vision twice during the same service. Then, today I had a vision of several small, black butterflies, not in 3D. What is going on? In prayer I have been asking for financial blessings, I've also been asking God to show me my purpose and show me my gifts. I know these visions came from the Lord, so there has to be spiritual meanings behind them. Any thoughts?
Chris
A few days ago i went out late at night and a black butterfly caught my eye, it dissapeared behind the corner of my house and just as i thought ”what a black butterfly” that is very rare. And i rush to see behind the corner and it was gone. In all the three ways you describe i feel its very accurate towards my life situations right now:) thank you and lovley blessings for your work here🙏🏼
Kimberly Goldsboro
When I was walking doing my daily exercise a butterfly black with blue spots and around the outer wings flew around me in a complete circle and then landed and let me take a pic of himself. I called it a blessing of the Lord.
Alyssa
I was visited by a gorgeous Atala black & blue butterfly yesterday sho continued to hover around me & stay on my front porch! Although they're native to FL, we'r moved to KY 5 yrs ago!
Kimberly Goldsboro
When I was walking doing my daily exercise a butterfly black with blue spots and around the outer wings flew around me in a complete circle and then landed and let me take a pic of himself. I called it a blessing of the Lord.
Juliette C Chapman
I saw a black butterfly today. I pray it mean something positive. Butterflies seems to like me. This the first time I saw a black one.
Rosalind V Brown
This beautiful BLACK BUTTERFLY kept flying around me the entire time I stood by my friend talking. So I asked the butterfly if he/she were an ancestor sent to watch over me and bring a message. As I was leaving my friend said that was a sign of death, my uncle who had called while I was experiencing this, I called back later on told me he had a dream I was cooking for a funeral. Strange?
Amethyst Jade
I have been struggling with ALL of the things listed!!!! And this black (with a lil orange/yellow and white) butterfly has been flying around frantically on my patio all morning. Right after I left an offering to Gaia, after several sleepless nights, this lil guy appears. I am so glad I found this page. Thank you!
Dion Roberts
Good day... well I must say I enjoyed this article. Today I went into Mother Nature and saw this beautiful black butterfly with blue dots on his wings. I see orbs all the time, almost every picture I take has a blue orb in it . The blue really stuck out on the butterfly was wonderful to see ... I’m going down a spiritual path and it seems I notice things differently! Thank you for the information.. I love this stuff ❤️🙏
Heather
I had a black butterfly with blue tipped wings land in front of me but the odd thing was, is that the bottom/other side of it's wings have orange spots. It hasn't landed on me but keeps flying close by me. What does this mean?
joy
i have a black butterfly and red spot on its wings,, actually my dad just past away last saturday july 25 and yesterday 30 his interment.. he stay in my room wenesday afternoon untill before the interment what doeas mean thanks for the reply
Vicki
I have had the same black w/orange spots butterfly flying around me for the past 4 days. Once it even landed on my foot twice. It came to me today also so I had to look up what it might mean. Yes, I’m aging, deciding on a possible new relationship, have financial issues, I am starting my life over and have been praying for family reconciliation. I do have problems letting go and I am trying very hard to forgive everything that has happened to me before I had control of my life.
Jessica
Today there was a black butterfly in our bathroom sitting on a postcard that is hanging on the wall with the following quote: ‘those who don't jump will never fly‘. Then my partner brought the butterfly outside and it flew away. A beautiful sign and now the question which jump I have to take...
Toni Jones Johnson
Last Thursday, I had a dream of my Beloved Brother who passed tragically& suddenly from the ravages of COVID-19 on May 9th. He was a Superhero who contracted the virus while working! In the dream..He came to my home looking so handsome & happy.. his exact likeness prior to contracting the virus! He said to My Mother& I that he couldn't stay long..he had to go! I told him that I had to take a picture before he left..went to retrieve my phone..came back & he was GONE!! MY HEART SHATTERED IN A MILLION PIECES FOR I JUST WANTED TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH HIM!!😢 My Mother stated in the Dream that he couldn't stay...He had to go away!💔 This past Monday, I went out onto my back yard & there flitting around my plant was a BEAUTIFUL Black Butterfly with Blue Dots ! This is so profound as I believe that this represented my Brother allowing me to take the pics that I so wanted & to spend some quality time with me! God sends me so many signs & wonders...I feel truly blessed!!🦋🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾
Debbie
A black butterfly through close to my face. Couple of things that I read could apply to me. I was shocked at the sleepless night cause I just a one a couple of nights ago. Thank you for the information.
Carol Ibaran
Hi, for the past two weeks I’ve been seeing different colored butterflies sometimes the same on different occasions. Today however I saw a black butterfly, it was all black no spots of color anywhere. I immediately felt it was a sign and not a positive one. It did not leave me feeling good. I hope it Represents a positive message.
Connie
What is the meaning of a black butterfly flying over a grave site?
Ramona Greene
and this butterfly has been appearing daily for a few days. Never have seen a black butterfly, I decided to look up information and got to your article. Amazing ! Everything in the meaning applies to me. I am 88, new transformation in my life, some family problems being resolved, etc. etc. It may be a myth but I dont think so.
Maureen
I was startled as this black butterfly was flying around me. I never saw a black one before. Looked like it had a little white on the wings. Sad I didn't appreciate it when it came around. Won't let that happen again.
Tiffany Williams
I had a black spotted Butterfly fly by my front door as I was putting the key into the key hole it flew by and I was like oh my gosh you are so beautiful. I have not been having trouble sleeping just my lease is up and finding a new place is really tough. The message received by me from the Butterfly is be patient change has come.
Kathi Barrett
We had a black butterfly with blue dots stay on our front porch for days as we went thru a difficult house sale. We moved to another state to buy a home and at first all was well but has gotten stressful and the butterfly is back! I'm seeing it as reassurance that all will be well and I find it comforting
Minnie
We had a black butterfly fluttering at our front door while our grandson and us his grandparents watch it. It stayed for awhile and then jus
Dee
I was walking earlier just before noonday on this lovely Friday < Sabbath >. When all of a sudden I saw one descend in front of my nose I ducked instinctively (this is the south). Just as quickly as it appeared It hovered an quickly disappeared almost vanished into thin air. I looked around in awe then approached an Elderly friend of the family. Well her husband use to sit there prior to his demise. Life after death is real. As well as I also accept the confirmation my problems have quickly vanished as suddenly as they appeared. LOVE COVERS A MULTITUDE OF SINS. THANK YOU JESUS FOR COVERING YOUR EARTH AN ALL THAT DWELL THEREIN. LOVED READING THIS ARTICLE.
Phyllis Newman
I had 2 butterfly's fly together what does that mean
Renee Moore
A black butterfly was in my garden it fluttered about so I gently put out my hand hoping it would land on me as previously happened with a butterfly. It stayed briefly but flew away. Later on that night or the very early morning I dreamed the whole scene. My original thought was please don’t let this mean death then I prayed the verse of scripture that said I will live and not die and I resisted the spirit of fear and thought on the beauty of the black butterfly. 9/3/20 I googled , spiritual meaning and was blessed by your article. Thank you 😊
Janice
For the last 4 or 5 days a large beautiful black butterfly flies outside my front living room window where I work at home. It is almost like it wants me to open the window and let it come in. Later on in the day I go to the back of my house and let my cats out in the fenced in back yard and the butterfly always flies near me so I can see it. My mother died 19 years ago and we had a tumultuous relationship, I have been thinking about her a lot lately and have forgiven her and I am wondering if the butterfly maybe her spirit telling me that she actually did love me and is now watching over me or is that Just hopeful thinking.
Opal Allen
I dreamed I had a beautiful liht puppy in my hand and woke up and released it and it was a black flying bat or butterfly i am awake and saw it fly away got up put on light it was gone
Clarizza Salvador
Lately I've been seeing black butterflies with blue spots almost everyday. I became more curious and scared for the last two days because it keep on appearing in front of me most especially to places where you cannot imagine it could be there. Like today, it flew, crossed between me and another person beside me as if it is getting my attention. By the way I am at the vegetable store in our village market when it suddenly appeared and got my attention. I was surprised because it suddenly flew in between me and another buyer. When I got the veggies I needed, I went to another store, to buy 5 kilos of white rice. When I placed the veggies and meat I bought in my bike the black butterfly again flew in front of me and landed in the rice dealer/store. After a minute it flew away. I really don't know what to think. In my chikdhood I learned as taught by my grandma that it means death. Now thinking about it i'm beginning to get scared. I fear something will happen, death will happen. And I don't want that to happen to any of my love ones. Sometimes to get away from that thought I just convin cede d myself that that black butterfly is a soul of my dead mother or father or lola or any relatives that just came to visit. I really do not know what to think.
Stacey Hampton
I had a black nd white butterfly stay in my room over night my husband is scared of it so thankfully I got it in a jar and set it free..
Modesta Fuentes
well my family which is my husband n my down syndrome daughter we out to pickup dinner and when we got home my husband got off first and said look a black butterfly on the front door, I thought the worse well both of us meaning a black butterfly death came to mind so I texts few persons to confirm the same thing that mean death. I don't know what but something inside of me is so scared, what can you say about that???
Kennedy
Hi I’ve been seeing a black butterfly with white spots almost every morning in the backyard while meditating. I believe it means you are on the journey of spiritual awakening.
Kennedy
Hi I’ve been seeing a black butterfly with white spots almost every morning in the backyard while meditating. I believe it means you are on the journey of spiritual awakening.
Charlreshiel estroga
I was so amazed that the butterfly that will appear suddenly into our house actually had meanings . Wow! Right now im in a season where i really want to quit and so stressful, but i wonder why i can still stand despite of all this. This morning , waking up for me is so hard .. i dont want to eat, I want to end everything Because i was so stressed. Then suddenly, a black butterfly appeared with a white dots on it. Honestly , every time i saw a black butterfly, for me shes a representative of my lovedone that passed away. And then i found this article and read the spiritual meaning about it. Im so amazed by this article bacause my false interpretation was now corrected. Now, it gives me hope that our obstacle has its ending.
WL
I just saw a black butterfly in my home. It is 6.25 am. I saw whats app message about an hour ago of the death of my friend’s brother, my brother in law passed less than three weeks ago. When I saw the butterfly I immediately thought of the two deceased persons and also my good friend who in 2013 got offended over something I did not even know I did. I have tried several times to mend the friendhip via telephone calls and suggesting we meet, all without success. Last week after yet another call which she Said she would call back and never did. I eventually emailed her to basically say sorry and that I will not be contacting her again What does this all mean?
Becky Higgins
Hi, Ryan!! I acquired a black butterfly yesterday. It attached to my arm, and would not let go for about half an hour, so went on about my business inside my apartment. It’s still here, and I love the beauty!! Significant??
Jane
Hi! I am curious, last night I dreamed of a big black butterly with a little red on it and it was landing on my hand but when it flew its wings left on my hand. What do you think does that mean? 😊
laura schmit
My husband committed suicide almost a month ago. Completely unexpected.. but we had been struggling w marriage issues. I've had a hard time forgiving him as we have 2 young children. I made some decisions last night to try harder to forgive and deal w the guilt. When walking outside at night, I saw a black butterfly on my porch and then this morning, 3 on my door threshold. My heart is reassured!
Tracey
I don't know if the possible scenarios you mentioned are true but it seems odd that every single one of them I seem to be going through. The night before I saw this butterfly I had said a prayer mostly for help with people in my life that may not be wishing all good things for me and then for a change financially due to many things but mostly my recent cancer diagnosis. I just pray for my children, my health and everyone's health right now. It's been really hard for years and I am so very tired it just got so bad that I actually felt cursed for a while sorry I know that sounds crazy but if seeing was believing you would understand. I just hope that it means a good change is coming that the Lord has heard my prayers. Thank you for inspiring hope
James F Smith
I was in a thai Temple yesterday & a black and white butterfly came land on my arm and today I enter my home and a black butterfly flew in out my room
Gloria
I Lost My daughter to cancer on sept. 14 a couple of days later a black butterfly flew in front of my car and was gone as fast as it appeared was this a sign from her?
Prianshu Prasad
I just wanna know the meaning when a black with blue spot butterfly enter your room while being pregnant is it a good sign
Sheilaelkins
When I see a butterfly let me know that my mother is with me, that’s what I feel and that’s what I believe and no one can take away for me.
Jenni Ferreira
Hi Ryan
Jenni Ferreira
Hi Ryan When my brother was dying of cancer there was a black butterfly in the room that did not leave till he passed away. A day or two later whilst praying the most beautiful white butterfly appeared and has been my companion for 6 years. Recently I lost my 87 year old mom who suffered terribly for 8 weeks and I could not be with her due to Covid. When he passed I asked God for some sign that mom was okay as she and my brother were so precious to me Soon after my prayer I now see 2 white butterflies together Is this a sign from God
Lamalisa
I found a black butterfly over my bathroom door and tried to burn it thinking it was a bat but in the daylight? That's when I saw it was a black butterfly and not a bat and decided to leave it.
Vanessa ayala
Hi so I'm writing to you because I saw a black butterfly on Thursdays night me and my family were eating dinner outside in the yard and all of a sudden i come out and I saw the butterfly flew to my husband and it flew away and it flew directly where he was sitting at and it flew away and I got scared I don't know if it's his mom that came to visit she died a month ago so should I be scared because he didn't see the butterfly at all.
Paolo
I have anxiety attacks whenever I exercise but today when I'm doing jump rope in my backyard garden a black butterfly with white spots flying back and forth into the gumamela flower plant, and I never felt so at peace. Initially I thought it's a bad sign because it's black, but I'm wrong.
Lorna
Just few minutes a black butterfly touches my arms.and i talk to him /her i asked what is your messages for me?the butterfly stays in my arms for a few seconds and when i mention i have a living god who takes care of me he is jesus christ 3x i mention the lord then he flew away and he touch my hair.becoz i have experiencd when a black butterflies come in my home and he stay in my room the next day there was a flood that come in our subdivision well i gues its a sign that i need to take care.now again he visit me and the most interesting part is he landed on my arm for a couple of seconds..
Leigh
A few months ago I was having a wee nap in my living room and my 4 yr old son Oscar was watching tv all my window s wear closed and and so was the living room door. I had been talking to god asking about lots of things and praying a lot more. I wasn’t probably sleeping just dosing of and on. I felt and bit of pressure on the tip of my nose like a kiss and I just smiled to my self then I opened up my eyes and this really big black butterfly just appeared out of know where and my son said mummy look at the baby bird and I said that’s not a bird that a butterfly. So it flew around the top of my window and around my living room and the passed my face and disappeared. It was like something out of a movie. It wasn’t a real butterfly and I new that at the moment it was happening. Was soooo glad Oscar seen it too so I new I wasn’t my imagination. It was definitely a spiritual experience and I feel so lucky and blessed for this beautiful gift.
Corina Mae
When I was in the bath room i saw a black butterfly and 3 ties it went close to My face i dont know what's the meaning by that i Hope you can answer it. Thank you
Harry
I slept and woke up in the middle of the night and had no sleep for about three hours. As I tried to close my eyes to get some sleep, I saw this big butterfly flying about. One side of it's wing had some purple colour. I got scared as to why I had to see a butterfly because I had never dreamt about a butterfly.
Silvana De Almeida
Hi i have seen a black butterfly on the wall it is a sighn from heaven.🙏
beverly panunciar
Feb. 14, 2021 I've seen small black butterfly in may room I've seen it from morning until now always around me, stop on my bed then fly, fly around me. What thus it means
Nancy
I was getting out of my car and all of sudden a black butterfly flew next to me. I thought it was a black dirt flew on me. I looked up the meaning of this and gave me hope and relief from worrying.
Siahara Shyne Carter
It's a Good sign.....
Soma Mukherjee
so I was asleep upstairs. While I was going down, I saw a black butterfly coming towards me and a bit around my ear it stayed for a while and then flew off
Dejah
Last week while I was standing in line at the bank a black butterfly with orange trimmings flew to me then flew around me a couple times before flying away I got a sense that is was my grandpa who recently passed away this last year before he passed he would always tell my nana about a dream he kept having where he felt like he was a butterfly flying all over the universe and after reading this interpretation of what black butterflies represent I know that it is a sign from heaven because everything you explained as far as financial problems and even problems with relationships I’ve been experiencing and I’ve have seen some positive changes already in those aspects as well so this is spot on I know for a fact butterflies are angels since my sister passed away last may I’ve seen a white butterfly almost everyday literally I have so many videos of white butterflies I know it’s her way of letting me know she’s still with me everywhere I go Angels are real and Heaven is definitely real you just have to believe !!
Dejah
Last week while I was standing in line at the bank a black butterfly with orange trimmings flew to me then flew around me a couple times before flying away I got a sense that is was my grandpa who recently passed away this last year before he passed he would always tell my nana about a dream he kept having where he felt like he was a butterfly flying all over the universe and after reading this interpretation of what black butterflies represent I know that it is a sign from heaven because everything you explained as far as financial problems and even problems with relationships I’ve been experiencing and I’ve have seen some positive changes already in those aspects as well so this is spot on I know for a fact butterflies are angels since my sister passed away last may I’ve seen a white butterfly almost everyday literally I have so many videos of white butterflies I know it’s her way of letting me know she’s still with me everywhere I go Angels are real and Heaven is definitely real you just have to believe !!
Beatrice odek
I first found black big butterfly,the next day i found big feather one side is coloured white and the other side colored black,brown and grey,then next day i found medium feather coulered black,then next day i found small feather coloured white,what does it mean?
Victor Solis
While Im In Shocked With Was What I Just Read My New Beging With My Future Love That Is Heading Towards Me And Positive People Around Me..And Highly Proud Of My New Decisions..🙏😊