Irritations or feeling something ‘bugging’ one; feeling insignificant – the ant in the mass of other ants. It can relate to the automatic unfeeling processes of life; cold unfeeling urges; sexual urges, especially with cock-roaches – insects may also represent the sperm swarming toward the ovum, and therefore may deal with pregnancy.

As Jiminy Cricket suggests, insects can represent our conscience and guilt which reminds us of feelings we might sooner forget – perhaps insects represent these areas because they live their life in our house and garden largely unseen – so depict thoughts and feelings occurring on the edge of consciousness.

Ants: Like many insects, the ants might depict small irritations or criticisms things that have got into you in some way. Ants have been used in a dreams to suggest sperm also.

Bees: Collective activity; working as or within a community; hard working or self sacrificing.

Beetle: As the first example points out, they are sometimes associated with things that are repulsive or are irritations. But sometimes are used a symbol of eternal life, of fate, or cause and effect.

They can also indicate the destructive forces at work in us, such as negative emotions of repugnance. The Egyptian scarab can suggest a force of positive change or influence in your life – a force of resurrection.

Example: I am walking around looking for someone to connect with and talk to. I see the turtles laying their eggs, that are really little transparent, snail-like things. A bunch of large beetle-like bugs come out and go to the babies and begin to latch onto them. At first I think this is a ritual where a symbiotic thing happens to help the babies. But then I realize the babies are being eaten. I feel sick. I try to walk and everywhere there are slimy, nasty bugs and things and I must step very carefully. I try to put shoes on to protect my feet so I won’t feel them. I feel sad for the babies.

Example: I dreamt that I was with a very wise being like a teacher and that I had a Scarab (Egyptian Beetle) in my chest. The feeling that I had was that it was alive and I had a very full feeling in my chest. The wise being told me it was all right and then he just said to me, “past lives.” Recently I have been meditating everyday for 10-15 minutes and asking to be guided to my purpose in life. Maybe that has something to do with my dream.

Bug: They are small things that might still ‘bug’ you. Small irritations or things that might scar you. But some dreams are about how beautiful the bug is or how useful. Also, what are the bugs doing and what do you feel about that?

Idioms: bitten by the same bug; bug (someone); chicken on a June bug; cute as a bug’s ear; Love Bug; put a bug in my ear; snug as a bug in a rug.

Bumblebee: There are hardly any dreams in my database about bumblebees. But in general the bumblebee is not aggressive unless its colony is threatened. So you need to use Talking As to see if you can understand what it signifies in your dream.

Butterfly: Something beautiful, such as a delicate realisation that is fragile and easily destroyed. The butterfly also links with the caterpillar, and therefore the ability to transform and leave an old way of life behind, therefore transformation and the spirit.

Dead insects: Has been used to represent an unwanted baby in some dreams. As such it shows the death of the foetus, or abortion of the foetus.

Fly: We usually see flies as something we do not want in our house. So it may suggest either an urge to kill them or get rid of them. Or it can suggest there is something unclean or even dead around. See flying

Flies are also the food of some creatures like lizards or bats and birds. So if you dream of this it suggests the natural order of things.

Example: I had the most disturbing dream the other night and I can’t stop thinking about it. Basically in the dream I was in my bedroom and there were flies everywhere, so I lifted up my mattress and under my bed there was a giant newborn dead babies and a coffin. I opened up the coffin and there inside was another dead baby.

The flies in this dream were a way of getting the dreamers attention to much bigger problem than the flies.

Example: I could see the spiders grow and trample over flies, only leaving lifeless corpses behind. They were sucking the blood right out of them. Then I saw a giant spider, more like a monster, taking a fly and eating it. After it was done, the spider had a human expression on its face.

This shows how we use dream images to show human situations or themes. The theme is how humans can trample over each other and misuse them for their own purposes. Think of the thousands killed in political wars or cleansing operations.

Irritating flies can suggest either someone else is interfering with your life, or you need to become aware of what is constantly calling for your attention. For instance a small irritation can take your attention away from something important.

Example: We have some marijuana to power the raft and push it into the driveway. There we begin waiting – meanwhile fighting off small scourges of rats and flies – while with a shovel waiting for a real big herd of rats to attack us.

The dreamers comment on this is, “After having sex with a stranger, I am afraid that my guilt feelings will attack me?”

Example: When I centred back on the dream I began to shout, “Let me out please. Let me out of here,” banging my chest. As I cried out my head turned to the left and I felt I was a fish. The position was appropriate because my head had an eye each side of my body. I remembered my two fish dreams, one with the dead fish covered in flies.

“Stinking dead fish. Something really rotten. Something really stinking, right in their (in my left chest).” Suddenly I took on a very nose in the air, supercilious attitude toward this rotten thing in my chest. “Quite horrible. It’s a stinking thing. A stinking thing. It’s a stinking fish. Take it away.”

Now my superciliousness of voice and face went. “It’s a fish, like the fish under the carpet in the dream. It’s a bit of me. The wreckage of life. I am a bit of the wreckage of life. Dead fish – I am a fish out of water. Then I remembered when I went home and looked at the house and saw how I neglected you all. I just broke down but I couldn’t let it out there and then. I can bear to see now how I had failed as a father and husband, how I couldn’t give myself to home, family, or a lover. I wouldn’t have been able to see it because there were so many other psychological problems in the way and I didn’t know how to resolve them – my failure, my lack of strength. It’s only because those are out of the way I can begin to see this now.

Idioms: as the crow flies; drop like flies; how time flies; time flies when you are having fun; you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

Useful questions and hints:

Are the flies small irritations or signs of something I need to become aware of?

Is something buzzing around in my head and I am not understanding it?

Are there signs of something dead?

See Techniques for Exploring your DreamsProcessing Dreams Life’s Little Secrets

Glow-worm: Intuition; inspiration in dark moments; the inner light.

If flying off: Ones children leaving home.

Lice, fleas or parasites: Thoughts or sexual habits which are purely selfish or carry a health risk; feeling your relationship with someone is parasitic. Thoughts that sap resolves, energy, or ambition, and that detract from your sociability. Attitudes or beliefs, worries, that draw strength from you, or even cause illness. They may be attitudes or feelings you have ‘caught’ from someone else through relationship of one form or another – perhaps in childhood, or even films you have watched.

Scorpion: Like any of the stinging insects, the scorpion can indicate your fear of being hurt, or vulnerability to hurts and slights. Its shape and down curled sting also gives it the sense of inturned negative emotions – the way we hurt ourselves with fears negative judgements, or angers turned in upon ourselves. In this sense it is like the snake. But it might be that you know the scorpion is an amazing mother, and so use it in your dreams to represent the ferocious and protective mother, carrying her children with her.

Spider: Often the dependent emotions and conflicts one feels ‘caught in’ connected with mother or family; any emotions you don’t want to ‘handle’, such as those surrounding a spouse leaving; wanting to ensnare, or feeling trapped by someone.

A spider can also indicate the basic survival instincts in us such as a spider might have – can I eat, or will I be eaten in this meeting/relationship? This level of our sensory and feeling perception is important. Like a spider it keeps one of our feet/fingers on the web or influences that connect us with other people and the world. Like the spider, if we are wise, we thereby know something of what is coming our way – do we advance or run? See: web.

Stung by Wasp Bees or hornets: Painful emotions; feeling stung by remarks.

The example below shows memories of pain and anger are still irritating or ‘bugging’ Rita. The swamp shows these feelings undermine her confidence. See moth.

Example: ‘I have to keep walking because there is something I am afraid of behind me. When I am pressed up against the ceiling being crushed I look down and the stairs and banister rail are swarming alive with a black moving wave of crawling things, like some awful insects. In the hallway is a swamp with crocodiles and other hideous things. My terror is terrible. The person who actually lived in this part of the house was the owners mother. She treated me badly but no one knew as she was artful in her abuse. She pulled me along by my hair, locked me in a cupboard, and once locked me in the orchard – four high walls and a hidden door.’ Rita

Example: I had an awful pain in my left thumb. On going to the doctor he examined it and changed into a surgeon who operated on the thumb. As he cut it open masses of spiders poured out, releasing the pain. Paula LBC.

Paula’s mother had died shortly before the dream. She had subsequently experienced a lot of emotional pain about undealt with feelings between herself and her mother. These had begun to pour out into her conscious life. The dream therefore represented this as a healing process.

Wasp: If the wasp hasn’t stung you, then it suggests memories of past hurts and feeling threatened again. Wasps also can eat flesh, so can indicate feelings eating away at you.

Wasps can also show your own waspishness, or your hurtful words or actions.

 Example: I look at the trunk of the huge thistle examining it. At this point it seems like a giant hardwood tree. I snap a twig and it smells very nice – a perfumed wood. Other branches are going rotten. Walking around to the back of the tree to see if the bark is rotten I notice a hole where wasps have a colony. I put my left hand up to touch the bark and as I do so notice there is also a hole in the back of my hand, in and out of which wasps are flying. With great shock I look in the hole and see wasps eating my flesh away, so my hand is almost hollow. I awake with the feeling of being old and decrepit.

In looking at his hand he realising there was a hole in his life, A. B. took note of what he felt. Just prior to the dream he had experienced a lot of anxiety about whether his marriage was breaking up. The dream made him realise that niggling thoughts and emotions were eating away at his self confidence leading him to feelings of being near to the scrap heap, having outlived his usefulness. The dream had depicted these emotions and thoughts as wasps. This enabled him to see that if he entertained such feelings, they would certainly eat away his grasp of life. He could see that as a person he only ENTERTAINED thoughts and emotions. They were simply what he thought and felt about reality, not reality itself. It was up to him as to decide what he wanted his reality to be. Did he want to entertain the reality of the tired ageing man who could no longer satisfy his wife’s need for love and companionship, having nothing worthwhile to contribute to others? That could certainly become reality if he allowed such feelings to dominate him. He had thought that his life was like a giant thistle, but on closer inspection he saw it was a giant hardwood. It did have branches which needed pruning, but the rest of the tree was good and perfumed – giving off good feelings to others. So he decided to put love and care into his life and marriage instead of self doubt and a sense of defeat.

Example: I had a dream of a 3 inch black wasp-I was trying to spray the nest and it flew at me and landed on my hand and I killed it and had to pull the stinger out, it was still moving as it was pumping venom into the palm of my left hand. I thought it was going to hurt but it didn’t to my amazement! It did leave a small hole in my little finger. That is all I remember. I don’t want to be a mean person, I will be on guard so that I am not mean or hurtful. I try to not be that way.

It sounds a little like you are not admitting who you are. I say this presuming that you sprayed the wasp nest to kill them. If so you were not being the harmless person. So the sting was a reminder to leave them alone.

Useful Questions and Hints:

Were you afraid and trying to avoid or kill the wasp?

Do you realise that nothng can hurt you in a dream?

What were you doing in the dream?

See Being the Person or ThingConditioned ReflexesActive PassiveProcessing Dreams



-Crystal 003 2017-01-26 15:48:55

Hi last night I had a couple of weird dreams. My first I was at our family oark looked up a swarm of ladybugs were aboveme in the sunlit trees then all of a sudden I look at my arms I’m dropping with honey and have tons of ladybugs embedding themselves into my skin digging in my flesh I soon became scared, disgusted and worried. It looked painful but didn’t hurt. Then I started to dream about certain people around me and snakes one sabke in particular wouldn’t leave my sight. CA you give me some inside on what this could possible mean. I also dreamed of an exes uncle dying while having the rosary his uncle came back to lie I got scared ran off he came after me and told me he just wanted to give me a hug an xif I was alright wanted to know how me and my kids were. This was the other day but these dreams are very vivid and seemed very real.

-Nora 2017-01-05 3:13:39

I had a reoccurring dream about two larvae coming out the top of my head. One large was larger than the other… The large larvae ate the small larvae after i pour a red liquid one the small larvae.
Can you explain my dream????

-luis 2016-11-22 11:19:58

Hi, I had a dream where it looks like I am squeezing a bug at the same time I hearand feel like some king of ritual of protecting from something I squeeze 2 bugs with my fingers felt like some kind of warning and death . what that means

-Norma Arenivar 2016-08-25 12:20:44

I dream that the two bedrooms of my house had dead centepides. On my room there were lots of dead centepides and my mom was picking them up with a broom and my daughters room had only three dead centepides throughout her room. I felt scared and couldnt even see them. What does this mean?

-Jessica 2016-08-15 15:56:58

I had a dream that a big gold beetle crawled off my leg and went into my daughters room where both my girls were sleeping. I told my husband about the gold beetle and Asked him to get it out of their room and he kept saying that it was ok it wasn’t going to hurt them. I wasn’t scared (although I’m terrified of bugs in real life) seconds after my husband was blankly staring at the wall and we watched a smaller (gold/brown) colour beetle come out from a tile on our wall and we were both just staring at it amazed. I woke up right after this but in so confused on what this may mean?

    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-08-20 10:23:47

    Dear Jessica – What I see in your dream is that you may be at the threshold of a shift in your consciousness; a breaking through the wall that is keeping you from becoming aware of what you are still asleep to, if you “allow it to happen”; “I told my husband about the gold beetle and asked him to get it out of their room and he kept saying that it was ok it wasn’t going to hurt them.”
    A golden beetle is a symbol of transformation.
    When we fall in love with someone, the feelings, emotions, ideas, and energies released by the experience of love can change or transfigure our whole life.
    Similarly, the release of inner feelings, spiritual energies, new ideas, can have a transmuting effect upon us. It thus symbolises outer change through the release of inner forces.
    Transformation is as natural to us as it is to a beetle.
    From the microscopic sperm and ovum we transform into an adult millions of times larger, and capable of living in a different environment. This transforming influence is still at work even when we stop growing physically. It is still available to continue mental and spiritual growth – spiritual meaning and awareness that transcends the limitations of the physical senses;
    See also
    Anna 🙂

-Lynda 2016-06-07 16:38:09

I dreamed I was sleeping in unfamiliar surroundings that were rather dirty. Then I saw big bugs with pinchers in the room and they started making a loud noise. I was afraid they were going to get in my bed, and when I got out of bed I was trying to avoid them.

-megan 2016-05-09 3:00:23

I have reoccurring dreams each night of bugs. My first dream I was very pregnant eating a big bowl of fresh worms. I was worried about the effect the worms would do to the baby, the next night I was in a house being over taken by centipedes and the finally huge black spiders. I was and am scared of these recurring dreams. Any help on this matter I would truly appreciate . Thank you

-anonymous 2015-12-24 15:49:09

I had a dream in which I was being irritated by insects(fleas, some flying insectsiI dnt remember vividly) ,bat and some creature which has nails n jumps from one place to anodr may be something like chameleon..
And I was trying to get rid or shoo them away..
What does it mean can u pls explain..

-Luis hernandez 2015-08-25 14:03:50

I had a dream where i noticed a giant looking wasp that had brown wings, and also had a spider web shielding it. I hurdled something at it then it turned showed me its ginormous size and immediately flew into the sky where it came down and started attacking but nit stinging, imanaged to to bring it down and stepped on it and noticed it was smaller than what it was, then i wake up at my moms house where im a child again head full of hair (im balding )same age as my siblings and i notice this bug was inside a fish tank..i cautiously looked at it and it had a sorta praying mantis head, then my little sister woke it up and as i was leaving the house it started attacking my head once again.. what coukd that possibly mean??

-Ashley Anderson 2015-08-17 19:43:27

help me please!!!!i was in saint paul and it was raining and i was talking to this bug and this bug gig enough for me to hold and had gigantic stinger we where having a wierd and deep conversations
Something was wrong with the bug it couldn’t fly or need a life source so for some reason kept puting the stinger in my foot and was crawling as far as i can then i would take it out my foot and carry the insect. but its wierd because i kept doing it over and over
the stinger was so big that i had giant prics in my foot but i kept going

    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-09-06 11:26:25

    Dear Ashley – The way I see your dream is that you are well on your way in becoming aware of a habit that is feeding on your life energy and undermining your psychological support system.
    When you become aware of what you are doing – “because I kept doing it over and over” – you realise that you are experiencing a cycle which you are trapped in. The way to get out of this cycle is to step back from it using observation, this is like stepping back and not be lost in the conversations you have with yourself and the emotions that are triggered by your thoughts.
    Please read
    and because I trust that these articles will help you to learn to deal with your inner world in a different way.
    Another helpful tool is Power Dreaming, which you could also use to set the right intention; to stop carrying around what is “bugging you”.
    So while awake and relaxed imagine yourself back in the dream and continue it as fantasy or a daydream. Imagine that you put the bug on the ground with the intention to never pick it up again and walk out of St. Paul.
    Good Luck!
    Anna 🙂

-Steve 2015-07-09 1:13:32

Unable to find a meaning, my dream involved a large spider in a cupboard. It was standing and somehow wasn’t scary. I’m usually afraid of spiders in life. There was hundreds of cockroaches running from a hole in single file behind the spider.
Any idea on this

-Amanda 2015-05-11 22:27:36

I had a dream A bee or something that buzz was in my right ear buzzing very loud, and painful like it was something really,big trying to get ot. I would hold my ear cause I was scared, that I scratched the out side of my ear really bad….and help with the,meaning?

-aizel 2015-03-07 21:37:47

hi i dream bed bugs on my panty wearing and when i saw it it is bed bugs so i let it out when i observed lot on my bed was crawling wht does it mean my get them awy

-Charles 2015-01-20 22:16:19

I have a nest of hornets in a ceiling in our main bedroom. What does this symbolize?

-elushia 2014-12-01 9:47:32

I would like to know what does it mean if you dream about a bug walking under my skin on my arem. The dream started by the bug biting my right hand then moving up until by my sholder the someone pulls it out (ripping my skin.) As it walks up my arm it leaves a mark of how the body looks

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