The moth, also known as butterfly nocturnal or witch, is an insect very similar to butterflies, but differs in its nocturnal habits, smaller antennae and resting mode of the wings.

The animal has many meanings, myths, popular beliefs, and even some superstitions. They say, for example, that if you touch the insect and put your hand in its eye, you will go blind.

In many cultures the insect is linked to spirituality and the transition between life and death, representing transformation and liberation. Its transition from larva to adult stage is a symbol of rebirth.

Within Christian culture, the moth is associated with witches and bad omens. The species popularly called the witch moth is the best known for being a sign of bad omen. According to the myth, when it appears inside a residence, it means that death will soon arrive there.

One species that became world famous was the "Acherontia atropos" or skull moth, which appears on the poster of the movie "Silence of the Innocents". In the movie, the cannibal Dr. Hannibal Lecter associates the insect with transformation. On its back, the moth has a skull-like design:

See the meaning of moth according to its color:

Black: soul, death, communication from the world of the dead;
White: prosperity and luck;
Brown: Changes, novelties, learning;
Blue: Joy and love;
Yellow: Clearing the mind, new perspectives;
Red: Strength and vitality for the home;
Pink: Relationships and self-love.

Meaning of Moth Tattoo:

  • Alma
  • Beauty
  • Nature
  • Supernatural
  • Darkness
  • Transformation
  • Evolution
  • Release
  • Death
  • Messengers from the underworld
  • Bad omen
  • Search for Spiritual Light
  • Regeneration

Here are some images of tattoos with Mariposas:

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