3 Spiritual Meanings of White Butterflies

by Ryan Hart

Updated on July 16, 2019

White Butterfly

Wondering what it means when you see a white butterfly?

Here’s the deal:

White butterflies carry special messages that you might not be aware of.

That’s why in this article I’m excited to reveal the spiritual meanings I discovered in my research.

Ready to learn more about butterfly symbolism?

Let’s get started!

What Does it Mean When You See a White Butterfly?

Butterflies are symbolic of transformation and hope.

Just like butterflies, we also go through change or transformation in our lives.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) reminds us that “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

A butterfly goes through a very unique transformation during its life span called metamorphosis.

First, it begins as an egg, which grows into a caterpillar. Then the caterpillar wraps itself in a hard outer shell called a chrysalis. Finally, it emerges as a beautiful butterfly.

Isn’t that amazing?

As you can see, butterflies are a magical creature created by God.

So, when you see a white butterfly, pay very close attention. This is a very important spiritual message sent just for you.

Here are 3 spiritual meanings of seeing a white butterfly:

You Are About to Start a New Chapter

Seeing a white butterfly is likely a sign that you are about to start a new chapter in your life.

For some of you, this may be a surprise. Especially if everything is going great in your life.

But for others, you may welcome this change in your life. You might be thinking to yourself: “It’s about time for a change around here. Hallelujah!”

Change can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. You may experience an improvement in your health, relationships, or finances.

Is there something you have been praying for, but have not yet received?

Seeing a white butterfly could be a response to your prayers.

The Bible reminds us that God has plans for all of us: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11 ESV).

A Sign From Heaven

To some, a white butterfly is considered to be a message from heaven. If you have recently lost someone close to you, this could be a sign that they are thinking of you.

Angels are sent by God to deliver messages (Luke 1:19). If a white butterfly lands on you or flies around you, that is a very positive sign.

While we cannot communicate with our loved ones in heaven, we may still receive messages from God. Seeing a white butterfly can be caused by your recent thoughts or prayers about someone that has passed away.

Take hope in the fact that your loved ones are still in your life, even in such a small way.

When you see a white butterfly, it should put a smile on your face and give your comfort.

You Are a Perfectionist

It is no secret that you hold yourself and others to very high standards. Some of your friends or family members might even call you a perfectionist.

You believe that Matthew 5:48 (KJV) is a great motto to live by: “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

That means you refuse to accept any result unless it is as good as can be. Whatever you put your mind to should be free from any flaws and should be extremely accurate.

For example, it might bother you when you find spelling or grammar mistakes in articles, social media posts, and text messages.

So when you see a white butterfly, this could be a sign that God sees your good work.

While you may not be perfect at all times, you always give your best effort. Ecclesiastes 7:20 (ESV) reminds us that: “Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.”

Common Types of White Butterflies

White butterflies are often called garden whites or cabbages whites. Hundreds of species have been identified, but some of the most common ones you might see in the United States, Canada or Europe include the Large White, Small White, Mustard White, or Orange-tip.

Names of White Butterflies:

  • Large White (Pieris brassicae)
  • Small White (Pieris rapae)
  • Mustard White (Pieris oleracea)
  • Orange-tip (Anthocharis cethura)

It is rare to find a white butterfly that is purely white. If a butterfly lands on you, pay close attention to its markings and colors.

Some butterflies have black marks on their wingtips or along the outer edge of the wing.

You may also see white butterflies with grey or orange wingtips. Mustard whites have green or yellow markings on their wings.

Not all white butterflies are alike, which makes them so beautiful. But they all carry positive spiritual messages.

Now It's Your Turn

And now I’d like to hear from you.

Have you ever had a white butterfly land on you?

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

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