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Symbolism of the Luna Moth in Dreams (And Waking Life)

The beautiful, bright green luna moth is a mysterious nocturnal creature with an aura of magic and intrigue. With large, striking, lime-colored wings, this unusual moth is rarely seen, adding to its mystique.

About the luna moth

The luna moth begins its life as an egg and grows into a caterpillar. The caterpillar goes through several stages before forming a cocoon and eventually emerging as a large, silky moth.

close up of a luna moth on a lilac bush.

Luna moths live for only about a week in their gorgeous green adult form and typically take flight only at night. They are attracted to the glow of the moon, forever seeking its light.

Their very brief existence is focused entirely on the need to procreate. In fact, they do not eat during this stage of their lives and don’t even have mouths!

A symbol of new beginnings

If the luna moth is appearing to you in your dreams or waking life, a new beginning may be on the horizon. Often, this fresh start has something to do with feminine energies, deep yet unseen emotions, or an unexpected stroke of luck or good fortune.

luna moth perched on a man's hand.

The luna moth’s energy is like a bright flame that appears only briefly, illuminating what you need to see for just a short time before it fades away. Luna is telling you to open your eyes, be aware, and take the opportunity that life is presenting to you.

The moon’s messenger

The luna (Latin for “moon”) moth gets its name from the moon-like spots on its wings. The moth’s symbolism is deeply connected to the moon and its energies of cyclical change.

The moon is also symbolic of goddess energy and powerful emotions. Unlike butterfly symbolism, moth symbolism is rooted in the night, the shadow self, and a spiritual or emotional death of some kind.

Related: What Does it Mean to Dream About the Moon?

a detailed crescent moon in the sky above a mountain and pine trees.

Whereas the sun and the butterfly are symbolic of vibrant energies of life, the moon and the moth are the quieter, darker, more introspective side of things. While the sun encourages us to look outward, the moon asks us to look within.


The luna moth acts as a guide connecting this world to the unseen, and bringing us from darkness into light. This can manifest as a transformation physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually.

Although changes like this can make you feel like your life has been turned upside down, like you’ve been suddenly uprooted, take heart. Because like the butterfly, the moth brings with this new rebirth a message of comfort, peace, and hope.

bright green luna moth on a small branch at night.

Transformation of any kind can be difficult or painful, but it is only temporary. With death, there comes rebirth and a whole world of new opportunities you may never have even dreamed of.

The luna moth is encouraging you to embrace this transformation so that you can emerge stronger, happier, and more fulfilled on the other side.

Related: What does it mean to dream about bees?

The shadow self

The luna moth may be asking you to look deep within and shed some light on your shadow side. The shadow self is the darker side of your personality – the parts that are hidden and repressed.

Our shadow side is the part of us that is still wild, untamed, and fueled by instinct. Fears, shame, and guilt swirl in the shadow side’s undercurrent.

silhouette of a woman's profile.

The less than desirable attributes of the self are often kept under wraps, hidden away from the world and even from ourselves. But when we’re able to face the darkest depths of these shadows, immense personal growth is possible.

Living with intention

The luna moth’s singular focus on reproducing can be seen as a symbol of hyper-focus and living with intention. Fortunately, human lives, unlike moth lives, are full of a wide range of activities, and we all have our own unique purpose.

However, we can all benefit at times from emulating the luna moth’s single-minded determination and focus on the task at hand. Luna is asking you to focus on priorities and take things one step at a time – multi-tasking usually means just slowing the progress of all tasks.

Symbolism of the luna moth’s green wings

The luna moth’s characteristic bright green wings can also hold meaning. The color green is symbolic of security, growth, nature, and good health. It can also symbolize balance, rebirth, and prosperity.

bright yellow-green luna moth on purple phlox in the sun.

Some consider green to be the very “color of life.” Green is also relaxing and refreshing. If you’re in need of the color green’s cooling, comforting, healing power, it may be appearing to you fluttering on the silken wings of the luna moth.

A teacher to guide you through the darkness

If you’re experiencing a dark night of the soul, the luna moth may be appearing to you to act as your guiding light through the darkness. Moth’s have classically been associated with death and decay, but they are also seekers of the light.

Following the moth’s guidance can help you find your way from dark times into a more positive and life-affirming place. Look to the context of your unique dream to uncover the message that luna is sending to you.