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 Bug dreams or insect dreams are usually symbolic of something that is taking place in your waking life, particularly in the areas of relationships, career, workplace and social interactions.It can be several things. Negative feelings that haunt you. Dreaming about insects or bugs – especially in large numbers – is often a symbol of negative thoughts or feelings (guilt, anxiety) that haunt you or, more metaphorically, crawls through your unconscious mind.

Although you may have an aversion to some of these creepy crawly creatures in your waking life, you should pay careful attention to what they represent to your subconscious mind during your dream. Think of a bug dream as a message sent to you about how to solve a problem you might be having, something you need to deal with or a goal you would like to accomplish.

Bugs all have their own unique traits and “jobs” within their societies. They have survived, evolved and adapted for millions of years. Although we like to think of the human race as the most intelligent species, insects are truly their own success and survival story. To interpret bug dreams, think about the duties and accomplishments of the bug you dream about and also the aspects you might find irritating about them. Listed below are some common bugs that show up in dreams and the messages they might be sending to you about yourself in your daily life.


Dreaming about ants can symbolize a multitude of meanings. Ants communicate by pheromones, can solve complex problems, find food, build intricate nests and identify predators. They are hard-working creatures with phenomenal strength for their size — able to carry loads up to 50 times their weight. Because ants are marchers and each ant in the colony has specific duties that they never deviate from, it may be that you are in somewhat of a rebellious state in your waking life when it comes to following the rules. In other words, you are tired of the repetitive and mundane chores of daily life. Ants in your dream may also represent that you are carrying the weight of other people’s responsibilities and energies, in deference to your own needs. You may be struggling to put your own needs first for a change. One consensus is that ants are bothersome in our waking life (especially at picnics), so when analyzing your dream about ants, also try to uncover someone or something that might be bothersome or gnawing at you in your daily life.

To see ants in your dream signify your general dissatisfaction in your daily life. You are feeling neglected and insignificant. Or petty things will annoy you throughout the following day. The dream may also be a metaphor on feeling antsy or restless. It may also be a pun on your “aunt”.

Ants also symbolize hard work, diligence, cooperation and industry. Increase business activities are expected. On a less positive note, ants symbolize social conformity and mass action. In this regard, you may feel that your life is too structured and orderly.

According to the biblical interpretations, ants symbolize diligence concerning the things of God. Despite its small size, the ant lays up substance during times of plenty.


Bees are definitely dominated by their Queen, so the dream might indicate that you harbor resentment toward someone you believe is holding you back, dominating you or it might signal your desire for equality in a relationship. Most types of bees live in a very orderly society within their colony. Their work is solely for the survival of the community. They communicate by using pheromones and dances to signal if there is a threat to the hive, to help the Queen find her mates and to locate food sources. Because the bee is such an industrious being, dreaming of bees might point to your ability to stay steadfast on a project or commitment. To make 1 pound of honey, they have to visit approximately 2,000,000 flowers. Or on the other hand, it might signify that you are overworked or overstressed in your waking life. Bee dreams may also symbolize that you will become prosperous because of your hard work. The bees with stingers will defend the hive and the Queen to the death. For that reason your bee dream might represent a fear you have of something going on in your waking life or something that you are desperately trying to protect yourself or another individual from.

To see bees in your dream symbolize wealth, good luck, harmony, creativity and bliss. Bees are also symbolic of hard work and industry as represented by the common phrase “busy as a bee.” Your hard work will pay off in the end with sweet results. Alternatively, the dream represents the things that are happening in your life or something that is buzzing with activity. Is there a lot going on in your life?

In particular, to see the queen bee in your dream refers to a dominant female in your life.

To dream that you are stung by a bee, indicates that you have been wronged. Maybe you have been hurt by some stinging remark.


As mysterious as the butterfly is in life, when she appears in your dream it can seem just as illusive. Dreaming of the beautiful butterfly represents a time of change or that you are going through some type of transition in life — just as the butterfly goes through a metamorphosis in its lifetime, from caterpillar to winged beauty. A transformation could be happening to you, as well as a period of great creativity. The butterfly flies around flitting freely from flower to flower in search of nectar. Thus, your dream may also indicate that you are harboring a feeling of being tied down in your waking life, that there is something you need to break away from, or discovering new avenues. Subconsciously you have a need for change and freedom or you may be flying away from a current situation. Butterflies rely on their senses — they taste with their feet, can see some ultraviolet colors that are invisible to the human eye, yet are nearsighted beyond 10 to 12 feet. Your butterfly dream may be telling you to trust your intuition — you might be sensing something that you cannot directly “see,” but you know it is there and it is drawing you in. Butterflies are also a symbol of spirituality, which could indicate that you might be on some sort of spiritual journey.

To see a butterfly in your dream signifies longevity, creativity, romance, joy and spirituality. You may be experiencing a new way of thinking. Or you are undergoing some sort of transformation. Alternatively, a butterfly refers to your need to settle down. You are lacking focus in your life. You tend to be flighty and jump from one thing to another. Also consider the term “social butterfly” to describe someone who is popular and outgoing. Perhaps you need to be more outgoing.

To see two butterflies in your dream represent romance and a long and happy marriage. If you see several butterflies in your dream, then it symbolizes acceptance, growth, inspiration, and freeness.

To catch or kill a butterfly suggests that you are being too superficial. Alternatively, the dream refers to your possessive nature. To see a dead butterfly in your dream refers to your unrealized goals.

To dream that you are mounting a butterfly on frame symbolizes sexual oppression.


To see a beetle in your dream indicates that some destructive influences may be at work in your waking life.  You may also feel that your values and beliefs are being compromised.   

Black Widow

To see a black widow in your dream suggests fear or uncertainty regarding a relationship. You may feel confined, trapped, or suffocated in this relationship. You may even feel hostility toward your mate.

Because the female black widow has the reputation of devouring its mate, it thus also symbolizes feminine power and domination over men. 


To see a bug in your dream suggests that you are worried about something. It is symbolic of your anxieties and/or fears. What is literally bugging you? Consider also the popular phrase “bitten by the bug” to imply your strong emotional ties or involvement to some activity/interest/hobby. Alternatively, the bug may be representative of your sexual thoughts.    

To dream that there are endless amount of bugs coming out of your hair suggests that something is weighing on your mind that you are confused about. Perhaps you are making a big deal out of minor matter. Alternatively, the dream refers to concerns over your public image.  


To see a bumblebee in your dream, is symbolic of distress and coming problems.     


To see a caterpillar in your dream, signifies a stage in your own personal growth and development where you are on the path but have not yet reached your goal.       


To see a centipede in your dream suggests that you are letting your fears and doubts hinder you from making progress and achieving your goals. You need to stop thinking negative thoughts.       


To see a cockroach in your dream symbolizes uncleanness. It also signifies longevity, tenacity and renewal. You need to reevaluate major aspects of your life. Alternatively, the dream represents an undesirable aspect of yourself in which you need to confront.  A roach may also be be a pun on smoking marijuana.   

To dream that two cockroaches are fighting in the kitchen implies that you are undergoing a spiritual conflict. You need to acknowledge and confront the issue in order to complete your transformation and achieve wholeness.  

To dream that you have pet cockroaches kept in an aquarium implies that you are trying to contain your negative attributes.

To dream that Madagascar hissing cockroaches are coming out of your ears indicate that someone is trying to provoke you into doing or saying something your might regret. You need to show some restraint before reacting. Alternatively, the dream represents your fear over something you heard. 


To see crickets in your dream represents introspection. You are seeking guidance.

To hear crickets in your dream suggests that you are letting minor things bother you.      


To see a dragonfly in your dream symbolizes change and regeneration. It may also indicate that something in y our life may not not appear as it seems. Alternatively, the dream represents instability,  flightiness or activity. You are always on the go. 

To dream that you are eating a dragonfly, suggests that you are consumed by some sort of passion even at the risk of offending or hurting other’s feelings.      


To see fleas in your dream, signifies that you will be provoked into anger and manipulated into retaliation by someone close to you.

To dream that fleas bite you, signifies that vicious rumors by false friends will slander your character.      


To see flies in your dream symbolize filth and dirtiness, either physical or emotional. It indicates feelings of guilt or a breakdown of a plan. Flies may also forewarn of a contagious sickness. Alternatively, the fly could represent an irritating and annoying person in your life. Perhaps someone does not know how to mind their business.

To dream that you kill or exterminate the flies, indicate that you will redeem yourself and regain your honor after your fall from grace. 

To see a white colored fly in your dream represents death. This may not necessarily be a physical death, but a metaphorical death. You will be undergoing some significant change to your lifestyle.   


To see a grasshopper in your dream symbolizes freedom,  independence or spiritual enlightenment. Alternatively, it indicates your inability to settle down or commit to a decision.   


To see a hornet in your dream symbolizes troubles and danger ahead for you. You may be letting your anger and temper get the best of you.

To dream that you are stung by a hornet, is an indication of revenge and vengeful attitudes. It may also represent some stinging remark.

To see a hornet’s nest in your dream represents a lingering threat or a bitter confrontation.   


To see insects in your dream, signify minor obstacles that you must overcome. There are small problems and annoyances that need to be dealt with. You feel that you are under attack. Or something or someone may be “bugging” or pestering you. Alternatively, insects are also said to be symbolic of precision, alertness, and sensitivity. You may need to organize your thoughts and sort out your values. Sometimes they are seen as divine messengers.  


To see katydids in your dream suggests that you will miss out on life’s opportunities due to your laid back attitude.

To hear katydids in your dream, signifies your over-reliance on others.      


To see locusts in your dream, signify greed or a lack of psychological nourishment. You may feel that you are lacking in creativity or that your creativity is being destroyed. Alternatively, locusts represent cycles and transformation. Or the dream could be saying that you are indecisive about something.   


To see a ladybug in your dream symbolizes beauty and good luck. The dream may also be a metaphor for a lady who is bugging you in your waking life. Perhaps there is an issue that you need to address with this lady. If the ladybug is unusually big, then it is analogous to the magnitude of the problem.  


To see or be bitten by leeches in your dream, refer to something in your life that is draining the energy and vigor out of you.  The dream may refer to people, habits, or negative emotions that are sucking you out of your vitality. Alternatively, if your body is covered in leeches, then you are feeling disgusted by your own body or repulsed by something you have done.     


To see lice in your dream, signifies frustrations, distress and feelings of guilt. You may also be feeling emotionally or physically unclean. Alternatively, the lice my represent a person, situation, or relationship that you want to distance yourself from. You may be feeling used or taken advantage of.  


To see maggots in your dream represent your anxieties about death. It may also be indicative of some issue or problem that you have been rejecting and it is now “eating away” at you . You need to confront it for it is destroying your sense of harmony and balance.

In particular, to dream that you are stepping on maggots, indicate guilt and impurity. You are trying to repress your immoral thoughts or behavior . On a positive note, this dream symbolizes your resilience, persistence, and your ability to bounce back from adversity. 

To see black maggots in your dream mean that you are in denial about a problem. You are refusing to see the truth. If the maggots are coming out of your mouth, then it implies that you are not owning up to something you have said.   


To see a millipede in your dream indicates that you are letting fears prevent your from achieving your goals.  You are experiencing a major setback in life. Alternatively, the dream is symbolic of harmony and cooperation. You are a team player and work well with others.   


To see a moth in your dream indicates that some unseen irritation may not surface until it is too late. It is important to pay attention to the minor details and not to overlook certain things. Alternatively, the moth symbolizes your weaknesses, character flaws or fragileness.      


To see mosquitoes in your dream suggests that some situation or somebody has been draining you of your energy and resources. Alternatively, it signifies that you will try in vain to resist attacks from others.

To dream that you are killing mosquitoes denotes that you will eventually overcome your obstacles and enjoy happiness and fortune.     


To see a parasite in your dream suggests loss of vitality and feeling physically drained. You are becoming too dependent on others. It is also an indication that you are taking without giving back.    

Potato Bug

To see a potato bug in your dream represents your intuition or subconscious desire. Alternatively a potato bug refers to some negative, or even evil influence that you are confronted with in your waking life.   

Praying Mantis

To see a praying mantis in your dream suggests that you are involved in a destructive relationship. It may also indicate that you are preying on others. You are behaving deviously.   


To dream that you have ringworms, signifies some major annoyance or frustration. You are distracted by counterproductive activities.     


To see a scarab in your dream symbolizes your ability to survive, adapt, and change. You are on the right path. Or it may be indicate your anxieties about death and aging. Alternatively, the scarab represents the sun, resurrection, and immortality.    


To see a scorpion in your dream represents a situation in your waking life which may be painful or hurtful. It is also indicative of destructive feelings, “stinging” remarks, bitter words and/or negative thoughts being expressed by or aimed against you. You may be on a self-destructive and self-defeating path. The scorpion is also a symbol of death and rebirth. You need to get rid of the old and make room for something new. Alternatively, the scorpion represents a person who is born under the astrological sign for Scorpio.

To see scorpions floating in water, suggest that you need to let go of some pain and learn to accept the situation.  You may be going through the three-step process of denial, acceptance, and finally moving on.  


To see a spider in your dream indicates that you are feeling like an outsider in some situation. Or perhaps you want to keep your distance and stay away from an alluring and tempting situation.  The spider is also symbolic of feminine power or an overbearing mother figure in your life. Alternatively, a spider refers to a powerful force protecting you against  your self-destructive behavior. If you kill a spider in your dream, then it symbolizes misfortune and bad luck. To see a dead spider in your dream implies that you have overcome some strong feminine temptation.

To see a spider spinning a web in your dream, signifies that you will be rewarded for your hard work. You will be promoted in your job or recognized for your achievement in a difficult task.  Spiders are also a symbol of creativity due to the intricate webs they spin. On a negative note, spiders may indicate a feeling of being entangled or trapped in a sticky or clingy relationship. It represents some ensnaring and controlling force. You feel that someone or some situation is sucking the life right out of you. Alternatively, if a spider is spinning a web in your dream, then it could be a metaphor for the world wide web and global communication.

To see spider eggs in a web suggest that you are not able to fully acknowledge your potential. You are being held back from expressing yourself. 

To see a spider climbing up a wall in your dream, denotes that your desires will be soon be realized.

To dream that you are bitten by a spider, represents a conflict with your mother or some dominant female figure in your life. The dream may be a metaphor for a devouring mother or the feminine power to possess and entrap. Perhaps you are feeling trapped by some relationship. 

To eat a spider or dream that a spider is in your mouth, symbolizes your control over a situation. You are not afraid to exert your dominance in a relationship.


To have or see a tapeworm in your dream forewarns of poor health and little pleasure.     


To see termites in your dream represent an attack to your soul or to your being. 


To see ticks in your dream indicates that something is slowly draining the energy and strength out of you. A relationship, your job, or someone is sucking the life and energy out of you. The dream may also be a pun on being “ticked off” and thus represent your feelings of being annoyed or irritated. 


To see a wasp in you dream, signifies evil, anger and negative feelings. The wasp may also represent someone who is a WASP or White Anglo-Saxon Protestant. Perhaps you are dealing with some aspects of society or politics. 

To dream that you are stung by a wasp, symbolizes growing envy and hatred towards you.

To dream that you kill a wasp, signifies your fearlessness to ward off your enemies and maintain your ethics and rights.    


To see a weevil in your dream, signifies losses and deception.     


To see a worm in your dream represents weakness, degradation, filth and general negativity. You have a very low opinion of yourself or of someone in your life. The dream may also relate to self- esteem issues or a skewed self image. Alternatively, dreaming of a worm may be a metaphor for someone who is untrustworthy or slick.

To dream that the worm is crawling on your body, indicates that you feel someone around you is taking advantage of you and feeding off your kind hardheartedness.