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Insect Totems

Metamorphosis - Change Agents


Insects normally live in colonies and teach the importance of working within a team. Is your ego in check? Primary message for anyone with an insect totem is that the individual is not as important as the collective. Insects are survivalists and adapt to change very well and can assist you during transitional periods. Although insects are small in size they can assume the role of "pest" or "getting under you skin." Insects are not to be swatted away thoughtlessly. When they annoy you they are trying to get your attention. Be alert and listen to their message, they are very wise.


Ants are the ultimate laborers. They live in a communal colony, sharing menial tasks and food sources. Underneath the ant hill that we see on our lawns and gardens are elaborate living quarters. Ants as totems teach the value of work and getting along with your co-workers. They also teach the importance of community as a unit.

Lady Bugs

As you might imagine because of its name, the ladybug, is representative of feminine energies. The ladybug is often depicted in children's books as a friendly bug. Its brightly colored red shell with black spots is very easily recognized and generally sparks feelings of joy and happiness. When ladybug appears it is considered good luck, and could indicate a wish will be fulfilled. As a totem the ladybug uplifts our spirits.


The saying "busy bee" is important when considering the bee as a totem. When a bee totem appears it is helpful to evaluate your activities. How much work are you getting done? Bee teaches us to stay on task until the work gets done. Bees, like ants, live in a caste system. Ask yourself what role your are playing, queen bee, drone, or worker bee. Sweetness is also associated with the honey bee.


Beetle totems teach the importance of being cautious and protecting your vulnerabilities. They are a good example of growing through stages and being persistent with your endeavors.


Grasshoppers are the ultimate opportunists, the first to leap toward new horizons. They are fearless, always moving forward, never backwards. They can leap out of trouble just as fast too! Grasshopper totem teaches us to take chance and not be afraid.


Spiders are not scientifically classified as insects. But in the totem world they do walk within the insect kingdom. The spider weaves his sticky web as an entrapment device for gathering prey to feast on. Web-weaving demonstrates how we can use our creative talents in our work and livelihood. If you come upon a spider ask if you are the one feeling trapped or entangled in chaotic activities, OR are you preparing to create your own web. Spider will teach you how to break out of your stuck energies and how to weave you own personal power web.


The dragonfly has a beautiful, jewel-like coloring. The bright colors take time to develop, reflecting the idea that with maturity our own true colors come forth. Structures in their shells scatter and refract light, making them look iridescent green and blue. This ability to reflect and refract light and color has caused it to be associated with magic and mysticism.

Caterpillars and Butterflies

Caterpillars symbolize transformation. The transformation from caterpillar to a butterfly is nothing short of magical. Butterflies represent light, color, and joy. When caterpillar totem presents itself know that a change for the better is in your future.


The cricket totem in general is a good luck omen. When you hear the chirp of the cricket it can indicate an opening or reopening of your inner voice will happen. Sing! The chirp of the cricket is a happy song heard in the bedroom at night and can indicate a happy relationship.


Mosquito and other blood-sucking insects such as fleas, ticks, and leeches are a unique in the totem category. These are parasites that steal life-energy from their hosts. If you are visited upon by a mosquito this could mean that someone is depleting your energy.


Cockroaches are from the beetle family within the insect kingdom. All beetles carry metamorphosis energy and for this reason the cockroach showing up in your life can indicate change. Cockroaches prefer to keep to the dark and will scurry from the light. Cockroaches can be indicators of the desire to pull back from society and keep under the radar of others.
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