Yellow Butterflies


For the past few weeks, I have seen yellow butterflies softly fluttering around our backyard, going from one flowering bush to another.  The always seem to come around in the late afternoon and stay for a few hours.  I decided to look up the meaning of the yellow butterfly and this is what I found. There are many different myths, symbolisms, legends and folklore about the yellow butterfly, you can believe which ever you feel.



The yellow butterfly symbolizes hope and guidance.  It was the symbol of the soul in early Christianity. It also means the soul is at peace when flying near the departed and in the Native American culture the butterfly is a valued symbol which brings guidance and a sign of hope.  But in other cultures, it can be a negative symbol.  In the Old World, the butterfly was associated with the dead.  I like to think of it more for hope and guidance.

If you see a flying yellow butterfly, that’s a symbolize of a sunny and bright summer.  It also represents joy and creativity.  When you have a yellow butterfly flying around you, it brings happiness and prosperity.  It also means that something fun and exciting is on its way.

Irish folklore believes that the yellow butterflies show that the departed souls of our loved ones are resting peacefully in their after life.

The Chinese say a yellow butterfly is love and it represents the passion inside the hearts of two people in love.

Another meaning has been the yellow butterfly represents a long life span with good health, fortune and honest prosperity.

Gold is a shade of yellow and yellow butterflies indicate riches and wealth.

In Scotland and Ireland it’s said that the yellow butterfly represents something good. It is also believed that a yellow butterfly around a deceased persons resting place means the soul is in a good place in heaven.


There are so many different meanings, depending on what you read.  As for me, I will believe the yellow butterfly is a sign of hope, guidance and happiness.  I will also believe the souls of my love ones are resting peacefully and letting me know with the yellow butterflies visiting our yard.

But there is one more thing about the yellow butterfly, if a yellow butterfly lands on you, it means a big, positive change is coming soon.  The other day as I was trying to photograph the quick fluttering butterflies, one flew right to me and landed on my shoulder. It quickly flew back to the flowers so I’m taking that as my mom letting me know she is watching over us as we wait for a positive change to come.


It was hard to photograph the butterflies, the hardly ever sit still. While I was out trying to capture at least a few photographs, I had another beautiful sighting of a cardinal. I always see many cardinals in our backyard and those are a symbol that a loved one is near and they come to bring cheer.  My mom loved cardinals and I know this is her way of letting us know that love never dies.



What are you thoughts when you see something over and over again?    Do you believe in any of these myths or symbols?  Have you had a yellow butterfly stop by for a visit?








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8 Discussion to this post

  1. I have been seeing many white butterflies.

  2. Alana says:

    I never heard of these “myths”. Interestingly, on the drive from upstate New York to Columbia, SC to see the total eclipse, I saw yellow butterflies several times (due to traffic jams, we took back roads through portions of Virginia). I hope it will be a lucky thing for me.

  3. Martha says:

    I like to research when things happen or I see something over and over just to see if there is a special meaning. I’m sure many are just myths but I like to think it was my loved ones stopped by and things will be lucky too. You were only a few hours from me Alana when you went to Columbia! Hope you enjoyed the eclipse!

  4. Martha says:

    I just searched white butterflies Brenda and one says white butterflies symbolize the souls of departed loved ones. Maybe your loved ones are letting you know everything is okay and they are watching over you. Thanks for visiting.

  5. These are new to me…I’ve had a huge yellow Tiger Swallowtail alight on my arm. What it meant is that they like salt and will slurp up sweat. Butterflies taste with the soles of their feet, and in the case of Tiger Swallowtails you want to wash your arm without thinking too much about where else their feet may have been.

    Hey, at least I waited a week to be the party pooper…

  6. Martha says:

    That’s very interesting Priscilla. I like searching for symbols and myths of different things. Some may be just that, a myth while others may be true. I guess we will never know for sure since the butterfly can’t talk. Thanks for visiting and I’ll be sure to wash my arm if a butterfly stops by!

  7. Elvis Cosmos says:

    Martha , is there anything you post that doesn’t keep me inspired. I need to change the lens through which I see things. I see an ordinary yellow butterfly while you are seeing symbolic messages of long life and true love. Indeed , he that has knowledge has power. You are a strong lady.
    Thanks for the great post.

  8. Martha says:

    Aww, such sweet comments Elvis. My glass is always half full and I try to stay positive even on gray days. When I see the butterflies and cardinals I know my mom is guiding my from heaven. Thanks for stopping by and glad I help keep you inspired.

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