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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16 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.

  9. Mary J says:

    I never really paid attention to yellow butterfly until last year after my last brother went home to be with the Lord in June I begin to encounter a yellow butterfly fluttering around my home. Even when I was out shopping I would encounter a beautiful yellow butterfly. Even when I would be in my prayer room,one would fly around my window on the second floor. And this went on for many months. Even close to the winter months. This year I didn’t see as many until lately this month I was saw this butterfly that allow me to take many pictures so close up and it didn’t move. For at least twenty minutes it stayed in front of my home fluttering and landing all around. I asked God what was He telling me. It was a amazing joy of God’s amazing beauty. Just awesome. Waiting on God’s revelations. It did give me a true sense of peace and comfort. This day will always be remembered. It was the closest I have encountered with a beautiful yellow butterfly. Thank you for your encouraged information. It encouraged by the Grace of God. Mary J.

  10. Martha says:

    What a beautiful way to have a love one let us know they are thinking of us and watching over. I know some don’t believe in some of these encounters, but I don’t have any other explanation other than my mom letting me know she is watching over her family. Our yard is loaded with yellow butterflies as well as cardinals. I love them both and God knows the exact time to have mom send them down. You brother is still with you through the butterflies Mary. Thanks for sharing your story.

  11. Lena says:

    My brother passed away in 2002 & his death affected my Mom so greatly that we feared for her health. Thank God she is coping now & ever since he passed away, when she goes outside it seems that she always has the same big beautiful yellow butterfly that flutters around her, sometimes so close that it actually touches her. The 17th was 15 yrs since my brother passed away & she was having a particularly hard & emotional day. I also had an aunt pass away very recently & a family member posted the day she passed away that her yard was full of yellow butterflies & that there was something very soothing about this. With my Mom so heartbroken, I decided to look up the meaning of a yellow butterfly & saw your article. This is beautiful & was very inspiring & touching for myself, my mom, & the close family members of my aunt’s, as I tagged all her children & grandchildren to read. My stepfather passed away in 2013 & almost immediately after he passed we started seeing a beautiful red cardinal which stayed in the tree next to Mom’s carport. She told me that she had heard somewhere, that a red cardinal was also supposed to be the soul of a loved one or a sign from a loved one who has passed away. I have to admit, I was so pleasantly surprised as I read this. I know that I not only speak for myself, but also for my family, when I say, thank you for this beautiful, comforting & inspiring post which has given us hope, true or not. We chose to believe that they are symbols hope, love, & faith & the souls of our loved ones letting us know that they’re with us & at peace. May God bless you & your family.

  12. Martha says:

    I’m so sorry about your brother’s passing and I can only imagine the heartache you mom is still going through. I glad my post was a way to offer a bit of comfort to you and your family. I truly believe the yellow butterfly and the cardinal are signs from our loved ones. As I’m replying, I’m watching the yellow butterflies flutter around our back yard. I know my mom is still with me even though I can’t see her. Hugs to you and your family Lena.

  13. Jo says:

    On November 17, our grandson would have been ten years old. We lost him and our four year old granddaughter tragically on July 13, 2017. While visiting his gravesite, I was blessed to see not one, but two, yellow butterflies. I do believe in messengers from Heaven. Such visits from nature’s gifts have helped me to find a sense of peace during
    these times of incapacitating grief. The cardinals and butterflies continued to show up at both of the children’s
    gravesites. What blessing are given to us, if we only open our eyes and our souls🙏🏻 Thank for your comforting words!

  14. Martha says:

    I can’t imagine the pain and heartache you have gone through Jo. I’m so glad this was post able to offer you a bit of comfort and how blessed indeed you were to see the two butterflies! I have always believed in messengers from Heaven but lately it seems like they are showing up in abundance. God has two beautiful Angels and they are watching over you. Hugs and prayers to you.

  15. rocky says:

    hi.from ph..3 days after the death of my mom yellow butterfly seen around at home,,other people says it was my mom spirit..after it was burried i went to visit my wife away from our home travel by sea…then it then the same yellow butterfly keep flying around 1 am manila time…flying then rest on my thinking it was my mom following me..since it was only 30 day from her death..what does it means? i fell so nervous i dont know why..?

  16. Martha says:

    I have heard that the yellow butterfly brings the spirit of our loved ones and gives us comfort knowing that they are okay. I’m sorry about your mom but hope the yellow butterfly you see will bring you peace knowing that she is watching over you from above. Thanks for visiting Rocky.

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