The Meaning of a Ladybug Sighting

The Meaning of a Ladybug Sighting

Ladybug Symbolism

Ladybugs are unique among insects, for many people welcome a ladybug sighting. In fact, many people react with surprise and joy when a ladybug lands on them. This is in part due to the coloration of these beautiful bugs. Still, if you encounter a ladybug during your daily activities, you might want to consider that the bug has chosen to interact with you for a reason. 

What are Ladybugs?

It has been said that you can better understand an animal spirit’s meaning when you better understand the animal itself. Ladybugs are a particularly fascinating group of insects.

Coccinellidae, better known as ladybugs, or even ladybirds, are a type of beetle. They are usually distinguished by their coloration, which is often red with black dots, but it may also incorporate other colors and patterns. Many varieties of ladybugs are particularly welcome in gardens, as they prey on other insects that can do damage to plants. 

Contrary to popular belief, the number of dots on the back of a ladybug has nothing to do with the insect’s age. Genetics determines these markings. Interestingly, ladybugs are capable of surviving winters, gathering together along the sides of houses or other structures and becoming dormant until the weather becomes warm again.

What Does it Mean When You See a Ladybug?

“There’s no reason not to smile when a ladybug flies your way.

Or better, when she lands on you.

Tell her your special hopes and wishes.

Then she’ll be on her way to make them all come true.”

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Like many spirit messengers that come in the form of a bug or a bird, the ladybug is bright in color, so there’s no chance you’ll miss her arrival—if she wants you to see her—no matter how small she is. Although ladybug sightings are natural, there’s a distinct feel to their visit that lets you know when it’s more supernatural. 

Perhaps you’ve been thinking about your future or your next move and wondering if you’re following the right path to your freedom and success. In a moment of quiet contemplation, the ladybug arrives to let you know there’s no need to worry and no need to rush. Just let things unfold naturally. A ladybug sighting is one way a spirit can send you a comforting “I’m here” if ladybugs remind you of a special person. Try to “feel” the message of your ladybug sighting.

Ladybugs are sometimes associated with children and childhood. Children delight in these beetles, and they frequently feature in children’s books and bedroom decor. An encounter with a ladybug may remind you to connect with your inner child or to develop a more childlike approach to life. It may also indicate that you should spend more time with children, either your own or someone else’s.

Luck, Trust, Adaptability, Abundance, and More

The ladybug symbolizes luck, trust, adaptability, abundance, fulfilled wishes, and even past lives. Does what you’re experiencing now have a familiar past-life feeling? Are you experiencing blocks to your abundance? Do you trust the guidance of Spirit to lead you in the direction of success? 

A ladybug sighting reminds you to remain calm in your quest for your true path. It’s also there to let you know that whatever you’re doing at the moment or whatever you have in mind for the future is the proper path for you. The path to true enlightenment is never short—sometimes it’s never-ending, but if you stick with what you inherently know to be your truth and exhibit patience and determination, you really can’t go wrong.

Ladybugs in Cultures and Beliefs

Ladybugs are known as lady beetles or ladybird beetles in some countries. According to, some Asian cultures believe that if you catch a ladybug and then set her free, she will fly to your true love and whisper your name in their ear. Another belief is that the number of spots on a ladybug’s back correlates to the number of months that will pass until you meet your one true love.

In Ireland, ladybugs are a symbol of protection. Farmers, in particular, see them as a sign of an abundant harvest—probably because they’re a very effective and natural pest control. When it comes to plant-eating bugs, ladybugs are ravenous carnivores, eating other bugs at an excessive rate. Only a few of the thousands of species of ladybugs have a taste for the plants themselves.

Some people wonder if the ladybug has meaning in the Bible. While the Bible does not speak of ladybugs, in certain Christian traditions, the ladybug is seen as a symbol of the Virgin Mary. Some ladybugs have seven black dots on their backs, which may symbolize Mary’s seven sorrows. Those who worked outdoors delighted in seeing a ladybug because it would remind them of the Blessed Mother.

Another interpretation is that ladybugs act as guardians of gardens. They do this by eating insects and larvae that would otherwise damage plants and crops. A ladybug sighting may indicate to you that Spirit or another entity or human is looking out for you and your best interests.

Ladybug as Spirit Guides and Totems

If the ladybug is your spirit guide, you have an open mind and share joy wherever you go. People in your life think you’re trusting and trustworthy and always look to you for your calming effect. Although calming in certain situations, you can also find people who choose to do nothing extremely boring.

If the ladybug is your totem animal, you’ve probably got tons of ladybug symbols and pictures in your office, home, or car. You surround yourself with happiness and happy people; you bring joy and laughter into others’ lives. And although everyone, including you, realizes that you can be of great assistance to others, it’s possible that you don’t realize just how helpful you can be.

Dreaming of Ladybugs

Have you ever had a dream that included a ladybug sighting? I’m talking about a dream where the ladybug is present, but she’s not the focus of the dream. If you have, then the ladybug is an indication of luck in relation to your dream; however, ladybug sightings in dreams can also indicate problem areas, and some believe that the size of the ladybug can be an indication of the size of the problem. Often the symbolism of certain things in life has the direct opposite meaning in the dream world.

There are many ways in which a ladybug can manifest in your dreams, and all of them have a unique meaning. However, there’s one common belief about ladybug sightings in dreams. If you’re focused on negativity, then that subject needs your immediate attention; but if you’re focused on abundance or making positive changes, then the ladybug in your dreams is seen as a good luck omen. If the ladybug is flying away, it’s as though you’ve let a dream go or pushed it aside for other reasons. If a ladybug is flying towards you, it’s an indication of luckier times to come.

A great way to make use of ladybug dreams is to keep a pen and paper next to your bed and write down your dreams as soon as you wake up in the morning. Describe the ladybug that you saw as best as you can remember it. What was the color? How many dots did it have? What was it doing? Was there more than one ladybug in the dream? All of this information can be used in meditation and prayer to provide you with the guidance you need.

Now that you know more about the meaning of a ladybug sighting, will you ever look at them the same way again?

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14 thoughts on “The Meaning of a Ladybug Sighting

  1. Tiffany Lamberton

    Ladybugs have made a appearance in my life my whole life since I was a child.. I have learned when they mean something! The 3 births of my girls I had a very high amount of ladybug presence ♡♡ they are very special and are my spirit animal as most would say.

  2. Anika

    My mom passed away July 15th . During the week before she passed away I would spend time with her everyday and I brought her some flowers in a ladybug pot. She loved ladybugs. Well yesterday I saw a ladybug inside my porch walking on the wall and today in my bathroom there is another one walking on the ceiling. I’m thinking she is sending me a message. I tried to count the spots,but it was hard to count them on the ceiling. I tried and I COUNTED ,MAYBE 6 spots.

  3. Vee

    2016 I gave birth to my little girl who had to be rushed to the NICU and plan for surgery immediately after birth due to having what the doctors thought was a cyst on het ovary but after a month of research found to be what’s called urogenital sinus . Something at the time I’d never heard of before so of course I was a ball of emotion not knowing if she’d be ok and constant worrying. After about a week of me going back and forth to the hospital to make sure she was in good hands something so crazy happened!….I got home one night after nurses put her to sleep roughly around midnight and I kid you not! In my bedroom ONLY was a ceiling full of ladybugs! I looked around my apartment for any open windows or cracks in the doors and walls and there was NOTHING. I was so in shock and a little scared at how many were in my bedroom (directly over my bed might I add) that i went and slept in my living room for the night. I Soon looked up symbolism of ladybugs and was grateful to find out it definitely meant don’t worry! I take that memory and knowledge with me everywhere I go

  4. Dwayne

    Hello my cat passed away at 1040am today i have loved PUFF for the past 17 yrs every day he would be there for me but after his passing i went outside smoked aroune 5/45pm i went back to work
    And a coworker pulled off a lady bug
    I let her go after work i looked up ladybugs and was very surprised
    I didnt believe inGOD after life ect
    But in the last year i watched television series The ghost in my child and it is about kids who remember their past lives and now this lady but thing i do feel ease with my cats passing now i told him to wait with papa Legba at the gat for me to arrive i want to see him and maybe have another life With him Virtus Junxit Mors Non Seperabit Thank you for ur space

  5. CJ

    March 2018 I had a dead ladybug in my salad. June 2018 one flew on my hand while at the beach. Today, I found one in my shirt while visiting my parents in the cemetery. I’d love to know if there’s a connection. It seems like I encounter a ladybug exactly when I’m struggling with matters of the heart.

  6. Nicky B

    I have one little lady bug attached to the outside of my bedroom window. I’m going to tell her my dreams and hope she takes them with her when she flies into the universe…….

    Hapoy daisies

  7. Jill

    Hi! I have found 2 lady bugs in my room within the same week but they were both larvae does this still count? bc I think I accidently invited something into my home and I want to stay protected from it and have better nights

  8. Tyshondra Barnes

    Good Evening. l had to two lady bugs felt on me today and that was something amazing. l am in the process of making some important decisions and doing some things.

  9. Ladybug

    In my last apartment where I consider the “Love of my Life” and I lived in for two years together we were always visited by ladybugs. So much so that in both years we would find about 40 or 50 ladybugs tightly grouped together in the southwestern corner of our bedroom. I lost the apartment and we moved in with his parents and brother downstairs. After one year living with him and his family I moved in with a long time female friend across town. He and I stayed together for a total of five years. Then apparently I broke up with him, I have no recollection of this. I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him and I loved him more than anyone ever. That was three years ago and he kept seeing me in secret for another year, then on my birthday I heard from him for the last time. I have no closure and I still Love him and want to be with him. I’m wondering if/what those ladybugs significance was?

  10. Collis Green

    look out my front window and there i alady bug just sitting there I tap the window and the lady bug stayed Ijust said a lady bug I was amazed with it but I left and when I returned it was gone

  11. Steven Wilson

    I use and colonize ladybugs in my plant activities each year . I have never in countered ” black ” ladybugs .Not saying they srent real .But if so, I would tend to think of them as a genetic throw- back , or other oddity. My personal experiences,tend to, in general atleast, odd- balls deliver ” odd- ball ” results. Usually unstable and un- spectacular results .And more times than not , not worth getting side- tracked or off course over. But then there is always the ” special one” , haha , for conversation and contemplation . At any rate enjoy these wonderful creatures , by the way , the yellow with black spots, is NOT a ladybug , but in fact a beetle that can be quite a nusience if left uncontrolled.

    1. Monica

      I had a black ladybug land on my hand whist talking to my partner about a massive decision to sell our block and move interstate… now you really have me thinking about those un-stable unspectacular results steven…

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