Symbolic Meaning of Beetles

Symbolic Meaning of Beetles
Symbolic Meaning of Beetles

I received an inquiry about the symbolic meaning of beetles.

Realizing I haven’t written much on beetles, I thought I’d share my insights here.

Suggested symbolic meaning of beetles (at-a-glance):

  • Progress
  • Simplicity
  • Persistence
  • Stability
  • Methodical
  • Contemplative
  • Practical
  • Grounded
  • Potential
  • Security
  • Introverted
  • Protection
  • Solidarity

Beetles speak to us of groundedness. They move with bellies always close to the earth, and so their wisdom is sacred and deep.  They are connected to the core of earth, and so they are rooted in their knowledge about the way of life and nature.

Beetles also talk to us about steady, gradual progress.  Observing them, they do nothing without pragmatic, methodical movement.

Beetles impart messages such as:

  • “Get to the root of your desire”
  • “Be practical in your expectations of progress”
  • “Find stability in simplicity”
  • “Anchor yourself in honest, true, natural ways”

Beetles also remind us of the simple things in life, and point our attention to the magic in the small.  A friend of mine, Kim Gould at says this: “allow yourself to be tamed by the small and gentle.”  Beetles can tame us because of their simple, unassuming presence.

The symbolic meaning of beetles also offers protection.  Their own hard shells do more than just convey glimmery beauty.  They protect.   And so, the beetle (in countless cultures, particularly Asian) is considered a symbol of protection too.

The colors of your beetles will also offer meaningful messages.

For example, greens talk to me about the heart chakra which is the center for healing, love and compassion.  Blue hearkens to the throat chakra which encourages creative expression and vocalizing our real truth…our genuine truth…I’m not talking about speaking a false-truth like “I am sick” I’m talking about the real truth that recognizes inherent health & well-being indwelling the body/soul at all times.

Beetles also reminded me of the Egyptian scarabs which are all about building our best, most incredible opportunities from the poop around us.  🙂

Other areas of interest:

Insect Totems and Insect Symbolism

Symbolism in Nature

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31 Comments on “Symbolic Meaning of Beetles”

  1. Hi … opened a box and found a live ladybug welcoming us. She was very pretty, lots of spots, but kind of sluggish. So, we could easily handle her and put her outside where she belonged.

    Cool stuff …


  2. I have just written about a beetle synchronicity on my blog, so I was interested in your insights, thank you. Mine had orange stripes – and I have been working on my sacral chakra for the last week!!

  3. I like what your saying. the small things are definatly something to marvel in. I was wondering if there would be a negative meaning if you find a dead one? I found one that looks like a scarab..not sure if it is cause i live in Georgia, but he died.

  4. Thank you for posting this blog. Yesterday a beetle flew into my car, buzzed my ear and landed on my shirt. I knew that it was no coincidence when I arrived home and a slow cautious beautiful beetle gently walked on the floor in front of me on my way to the kitchen. I then found your blog.

    I often push too hard in my personal and professional life and forget the “steady gradual process” of life and its sweet unfolding nature full of grace. Your mention of the simplicity of beetles as well as their groundedness helped me to remember the most nurturing pieces of my relationships and achievements.

    Thank you for your wisdom. You have lightened my heart today.

  5. I was walking outside last night and noticed a beetle flying next to me. I stopped, he stopped. We did this a few times before I asked if he was following me. He continued to hover next to me. I turned to stand in front of him and backed away a bit, because I could not see exactly what it was. I asked aloud that he not sting me (I did not realize it was a beetle at first). As soon as I said this, he dive bombed me and hit me in the eye…lol… and flew away. I have a feeling I insulted him… <3

  6. I have been surrounded by beetles lately, tgey are constantly landing on me and just hanging out. Recently several large green beetles, which I have seen before but never in the Area of long island I live in, and lots of the gold with black spots and also reddish/brown types of beetles. You only spoke of green and blue beetles. Do you know anything of these other beetles? Thank you for the article though, even if you can’t help me further this was very informative. b pce livluv n smile- you

  7. After suffering a fire at home things were glum. But a beetle days later entered the living room and kept crawling on me.I it would not leave the house. The very next day h ed crawled on me again do I thanked him and he left the house h happy. Today I came across this as blog which makes sense. I have much respect for them.

  8. upon my travels in the early hours of the am, around 4 in the morning. I saw a great mass fluttering before me.
    this winged thing was a two inch by one inch brown beetle. other than having large antler shaped feelers it flew on white wings with red tips. This beetle must have landed on the hood of my car for warmth, and companionship. upon driving away slowly so as to not cause this beetle to flutter away, it vanished on the divide of hood and windshield.
    later upon inspection the beetle had vanished.

    instantly i looked up the symbolism (being that i investigated the symbol of opossum just the night before) leading me to the older symbol of the scarab fitting in with my attachment to other symbols of awakening and protection (falcon, and owl) however i cannot remember my ancient egyptian life. i feel good vibes since my choice meeting and can never forget the massive size of said creature.

    even later i witnessed two large scale shooting stars im not sure its meaning but i am happily awestruck at the experience.

    many blessing

  9. I went to my room upstairs last night to sleep, and I found a beetle on a table by my bed, a beetle very much like the one on the picture above, only it’s color was ash-grayish, there really was no reason for that beetle to be there, because it’s been raining lately, so I don’t know how it got there. Anyway, I placed the little fellow on a store receipt I found laying around, and too him/her outside through the window.

  10. Great info on the beetles! I was conducting a psychic reading on a client and removing some old, past life, unhappy, stuck energy from her heart chakra when, a large green beetle came flying into our area.
    The beetle flew around our chairs a few times, then passed in front of our faces a few times before flying away.
    I knew it was no coincidence at the timing of this and your information just validates what I felt.
    Thank you.

  11. I had a green blue red and yellow beetle land on the back of my neck at work. I didnt feel threatened by the beetle nor startled and had the closest person remove the beetle what would that mean

  12. I have had this black beetle always come walk all over my feet and today I found two in my door way one on its back and the other walking about I got the one walking about safely bk out side and the one on its back looked black with a tint of red and white bubbles maybe pregnant not to sure I helped it back on its front and put it back out side I find red ones a lot but dead before I see they are their just on their back not sure why they are dead but seems so strange that they seem to visit me and scroll around by my feet so I looked this page up as I’m spiritual but got a lot to learn my neighbour said about them being spiritual so I looked it up very interesting to read up on it really makes a lot of sense of how um feeling lately

  13. I seen one beetle for a while, sitting on the ceiling of the outside entrance into my apartment building. She sat there for two or three days above the door frame… then I go out tonight and there were two sitting there. I went back in and then came out later that night and they were mating!

    It was just odd for them to be there in front of the door like that, and in an area I had never seen beetles. I went in and came back out and the male was gone and it was just the female, still just sitting there. Lol

  14. So lately I’ve been seeing beetle everywhere. More specifically, green beetles. The thing is, I often see them alive and once I look again, they are on the floor dead. Beetles keep dying around me.
    Every morning at work there’s a beetle usually two and I back away to let them go out but when I go back they end up dead. If I ever do take them out they come flying back in running into me.
    When I get home, my porch and drive way usually have about three beetles and they’re always dead.
    A beetle flew into my car and died.

  15. This is the second time that I find a dead green, iradecent beetle in my car, I was amazed that so many people wonder about these things.

  16. This is the second time this month that I’ve came across beetles in my car. 1st time was inside My car on my driver side, 1/2 dead :/ This time I was driving when I realized it was stuck on my shirt. Had to look up the meaning since it’s been twice in a month already. Don’t know why I’m so terrified of them but reading your article was very interesting & at least I feel a little better now knowing that a little more about the meaning of them.

  17. Never considered using insects in my art until now after reading your beetle symbolism….answered all my questions about what to about anything encountered lately.. including political..everyone get out and vote this year…my first assertive communication!

  18. This morning when I got to my office a green beetle was buzzing around ….it flew to my window…and there after flew back to the entrance …and it just disappeared…strange..

  19. Hi… I recently found a dead beetle a wrapped it in Scotch Packaging Tape. I felt as if this beetle may have spiritual significance. I do not know the species but i know it is brownish -black. Do beetles have spiritual significance? ( if so I would like to know. please and thank you)

  20. Thank you dot this Lady Bugs surround me ❤️🐞❤️ But this morning a woke up to a beettel crawling in my cheek 🙄 Flipped out 🤣‼️🙄 But if it came to procetion, it could not have come at a better time ‼️‼️‼️ They are all over this place were I just moved into , the landloard is the CRERPIEST man I have ever met , does not want AMYONE to visit me exspecail my 3 sons could go on & on about how CREEPYhe is moving ASAP ‼️ Love , Light and Blessings and Many many Thanks (((❤️❤️❤️)))

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  22. I woke up from a bad sleep a lot earlier than normal, as i was rolled over on my side, i opened my eyes and saw an ugly beetle slowing crawling across the carpet, as if my eyes opened automatically to its position slowly crawling. I woke up and squished it with the bottom of an old slurpee cup from 7/11. Some how found this site now i feel sort of bad, I usually grab bugs and let them free outside.

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