Beetle Animal Totem Symbolism & Meanings

Beetle Insect Animal Totem Symbolism

Most people would never think of a beetle as representing any sort of spiritual power. After all, they’re merely little insects with hard shells and seemingly no character. Some people might even be startled and scream in the presence of beetles, especially those of the not-so-little variety.

However, beetles spirit guides have quite a symbolic life in the natural world and neglecting to give them that recognition would be doing them an injustice. In fact, beetles’ existences are not limited to scurrying away when a human accidentally encounters them in the garden. They are found almost everywhere in the world and, with over 350,000 types, beetles have one of the highest numbers of species of any animal.

The most basic symbolism that beetles offer us come in the form of their physical make-up. They’re comprised of three main parts (head, abdomen, thorax), which directly correlates to the natural law of threes: you will receive three times the energy that you put out into the environment.

Essentially, the beetle animal totem suggests that you reap what you sow, threefold. When you consider this, it seems awfully important for you to ensure that this energy is positive, productive, and favorable to others. What are you putting out into the world?

If it is helpful and valuable in an honest sense, the rule of three suggests that help and prosperity will be returned to you. If you are honest and just, you will be rewarded. What goes around comes around, in a nutshell.

Beetle Associated Traits

Karma, Spirituality, Awareness, Interaction, Time Management, Creativity


Symbolic Meaning Of Beetles

Beetles, like many insects, have antennae that they use for sensory perception. Obviously, humans do not have antennae, but this doesn’t mean that they are not symbolic for us. Beetles use their antennae to carefully sense their way around their environment and thus serve as a reminder for us to do the same.

While the antennae are mostly used for smell, they also play an important role in mating rituals and defensive tactics, which are important in human social interaction, as well. They serve as a prompt for humans to expand our own perceptions beyond the basic five senses. To accomplish this, we must exercise constant concentration and awareness throughout our lives.

The rainbow of colors that beetles come in are perhaps the most symbolic and spiritual aspect of them. Color, in general, acts as the ultimate medium for symbolism and connection to nature, and considering it alone can have profound meanings and insight.

Tibetan Astrology Sign Reading

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If you come across a beetle, whether in your dreams or in real life, the first thing that you should take note of is its color. Each color has a meaning that will give you something to examine and be thankful for in your life. For example, red is the color of energy, love, and passion, while green indicates prosperity in health and wealth.

Because of the vast array of types of this insect and their roles in nature, beetles have an extensive list of symbolic meanings: time management, underestimated strength, structure, creativity, adaptation, the importance of community and teamwork, resourcefulness, living in a purely and eco-conscious way…the list goes on.

Beetles as a general species also commonly symbolize different forms of healthy, natural, and proactive change, such as transformation, changes, regeneration, and rebirth. In this way, they are considered to be very wise creatures, meaning you can trust in the processes that they guide you toward.

As with most insects, beetles as spirit guides are proactive and recognize the necessity of adapting to one’s environment. They are meant to teach you to utilize your strong internal abilities to accept coming changes in your life while practicing discernment when necessary. Basically, beetles are there to give you the correct perspective.

The beetle symbolism inspires you to be an independent thinker with an honest communication system with yourself. They also have a protective quality about them, particularly for those who struggle with honest, straight-forward communication and socialization. They are said to assist you in effectively communicating with yourself and others by illuminating difficult problems and situations in the correct light.

The beetle animal totem serve as a reminder that now is the time to examine your daily habits. There is no time like the present, after all. If you are struggling to identify where you are in your life or what you should be doing, you can turn to the beetle for guidance.

To put it simply, we can form our own meditation through taking cues from the bodies and behavior of beetles. With their guidance, your spirit is enabled to experience the regeneration it needs to prosper and grow.


  1. This definitely resonated with me. Adaptability, trust, teamwork, awareness, communication, protection, defense. I just encountered a black stag beetle of some kind. I was sitting in my garage and it was by my feet. It freaked me out at first, of course. Then I looked up beetles and loosely identified it. I am struggling right now with family drama. The meaning is clear. I chilled with the beetle awhile and then took it outside. I have to be flexible and I and other family members, especially the children, will be protected. The pincers of the stag beetle are intimating and can draw blood. However, they will rarely attack humans and are actually docile and can be handled without harm if done so with respect and gentleness. Those pincers are for territorial battles. During the time I have to deal with a certain family member and family drama, I will be cautious yet peaceful, manage my time and energy wisely, and trust that we will all be protected and at peace. Thank you for this article and thank you brother beetle.

  2. what do gold beetles mean?

  3. I was sittibg in my car for about 30 mins. My wibdows were up and the ac was on. I was doing a religious prayer asking God to take away any negative bad spirts around me. I was finished with the prayer and i felt a little tap on my ankle and i look down .. There is a giant green June Beatle on my leg…I was startled and put him out side on a bush. Was did that mean???

  4. I always see this beetle in my room, I always let it out and it always seems to find a way back in.Even in the dead of winter, this winter was especially harsh, so I have no clue how this beetle keeps coming back.I also have been hearing The Beatles everywhere I go, this might be a stretch since I listen to classic rock stations often.But either way this was super helpful info and resonated with me.

  5. A green beetle “knocks ” on my window every morning since my dog passed away on 8/8/19.

  6. A green beetle “knocks ” on my window every morning since my dog passed away on 8/8/19.

  7. Vision of a beetle on the end of a stem on a plant came to me. Like a vision. His little feet were working and it was like he was eating. Wasn’t sure what to think.

  8. I was deep into meditation and suddenly came out of it and swiped a beetle with a light blue back off my right thigh. It was about 1.5 inches long. I caught sight of it before I came fully out of meditation. Anyone heard of this?

  9. Today on a rainy Day in Queens NY,a grey beatle landed on the back of my neck,out of nowhere cause everything is closed up. I lost two sisters in the past year,and my husband is in the hospital (small heart problem).Can someone tell me if it’s a sign,or am I too superstitious? Happy New Year to all.

  10. A beautiful metallic green flying beetle appeared in my kitchen today (with all the windows and doors closed!) while my boyfriend of 2 1/2 years was blindsiding me with a breakup, telling me that his issue of mistrust (that he projected on me from the beginning) has eclipsed his desire to make a life together. I want to know this beetle’s message!

  11. A longhorned beetle just visit my store tonight.. Its outside my store, but when i took a photo of it.. It flew inside. Im a little scared, i thought it gonna attack me.

    • LucanusPlacidus

      Longhorn Beetles look scary but are gentle giants. I encountered one last night and was equally intimidated. My fear almost severed a beautiful connection, the universe is sentient and God is placing you two together for a reason. Our fear says more about us than the Beetle. I believe the beetle came into my life during a time of social engagement, renewed connections and more. This teacher is asking us to face its confronting presence and realize with a simple attitude adjustment there is nothing to Fear. Pray for the Beetle, embrace its presence and have Faith God is guiding you. It is a special encounter and these Beetle’s are a mighty ancestor. Consider yourself Blessed!

  12. An ivory marked borer beetle was on my car all the way to the store and still there an hour later when I came out of the store.

  13. A black and red Rhino Bettle is my power animal.
    It was given to me by my spirit guide during a shimanic journey,

  14. Thanks – I just saw a Golden Green Stag Beetle on the pawpaw tree in the garden 🙂

  15. thank you for the article.

    i came across a june bug.

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