People whose fear is specifically of swarming are often afraid even when the insects are at rest, as they often rest in groups. Since I watched that, I started panicking every time I see a butterfly, especially the ones with lines. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve tried to overcome it, the fear won’t go away. Right now i am 11, and i still fear them. You fear change. It is not surprising that a person with fear of butterflies is also afraid of hummingbirds or other rapidly fluttering birds/insects. Lisa Fritscher is a freelance writer and editor with a deep interest in phobias and other mental health topics. But it is not something conscious that created the fear trigger. Some are afraid only of smaller birds that rapidly flap their wings, such as hummingbirds, but are unafraid of larger birds that flap more slowly. I can refer to 90% of the things mentioned here from my personal life… Does this fear last till the end of my life.? Draw a picture of a butterfly. Hi Utkarsh, no worries you’re not alone. I’m from Brazil, Rio de Janeiro city, and I’m 48 years old. Bombs kill people so i think any fear of bombs is a rational one. Many Lepidopterophobic sufferers tend to be afraid of birds. I fainted. Anonymous. Once we got home, he took the jar out of my backpack and drove to the park and let it out. Read as Blaine attempts to comfort him. I am the same way. If you find your phobia is leading to this, get the help you need and enlist your community of support to come along for the ride. I hate this fear, it’s the worst. Fear of butterflies, is there a butterfly repellent? Oh my, also imagining one landing on my skin makes me feel faint. I always suffered with this damn disturbance. Is Your Fear of Animals Normal or a Full-Blown Phobia? It’s quite embarrassing but yeah…Lepidopterophobia is much more common than we think it is.. I was just talking to someone about my phobia and they asked me “how did it start?” and I said idk. Thanks a lot for the points that describe how to overcome the fear. Published 2016 Nov 29. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01881, Understanding the Fear of Butterflies and Moths, Ⓒ 2021 About, Inc. (Dotdash) — All rights reserved. The process can take days, weeks or even years for the Lepidopterophobia to be resolved completely. People shouldn’t make fun of someone’s fear. This can develop into delusory parasitosis, a mental condition where the sufferer constantly ‘feels’ insects crawling or burrowing on their skin. Lepidopterophobia, the word for fear of butterflies, originates from the Greek word Lepidoptera (the group or class of insects including butterflies, moths, skippers and other winged insects). Earlier they made fun of her, when she said she was afraid of butterflies. Mottephobia is the morbid and irrational fear of moths, although it has also been used in reference to the fear of butterflies. I've looked for what the phobia is called and the closest thing to a fear of butterflies I can find is a fear of moths. Podophobia – The fear of feet. Help! But I have a memory of a Cabbage White fluttering at my feet when I was a toddler, so perhaps that’s the reason. But moths? Dreams of architecture, math, coffee and school. Her fear of butterflies is so great that she claims they could make her cry. In my book I believe they are a form of ghosts. I am terrified of butterflies, does anyone know if you can get a repellent spray that I can use on myself so they will stay away? 9 years ago. And their constant fluttering makes them extra scary. Fear of butterflies (and Moths) Close. WHEN Tina Crawford was making plans for her wedding, there was one overriding fear. The flapping noise drives me nuts and makes me want to fall on my knees and cover my ears and cry. The painting may be purchased as wall art, home decor, apparel, phone cases, greeting cards, and more. I was paralyzed and i didn’t know what to do. We were living in Chennai, the place i grew up. This fear is more common than most people think. This phobia is closely linked with Entomophobia (which is the fear of insects) or Mottephobia – the fear of moths. For example, I have already been to insect museums, like this one in Uruguay. The phobia of wasps is called Spheksophobia . Yet, the fear subsides within a few minutes all returns to normalcy. I am an illustrator working out of New York City. Two reasons. Their spooky and creepy looks and their fluttering. Liam's worked toward being a teacher his entire life, well the totality of four too many years, and his first year of teaching kindergarten is probably his most eventful year. And I always thought they weren’t careful fliers bumping into things, one of those things being me. 0 0. People ask me why I’m scared of them. I got locked in the kitchen and she stayed with it in the hall. Is Your Fear of Haunted Houses Really a Phobia? I’d much rather be in a war zone than a butterfly house. I think this phobia really broke me. I am now 32 and the fear is still the same. Same here my friend! The fear may have evolved when mammals were smaller and birds larger. Instincts are seldom refined enough to distinguish the wings of a bird from the wings of a butterfly. Probally because they are biger and the colours. I’ve never been back to one since. uhh,yes Im crazy x) Umm...I dont know why yell at me if you want Im so stupid If had this fear forever help me solve it! When they flap around me or whenever I saw them sticking on the… You could see sparks, I was burning rubber. Share your thoughts, experiences and the tales behind the art. HELP SMOSH GET TO 25 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS!!! […] Me too, i don’t like monarch butterflies. Even if I see it by my window I will be gone. Ok, that is a pterodactylus! 2:33. Talk about death, huh? Another interviewee, whose fear is not just limited to butterflies but also any other flying insects (such as wasps), explained how his fear grew so irrational that he’d immediately run the opposite direction just to … I just get choked to death. The fear of butterflies is a common specific phobia that can make people miserable. It all started when i was five, and i was at Liberty science center. I am having the same problem as you. It has a marking in the shape of a human skull on the thorax. I felt like I was the only one but no, I was wrong. Why? Movie star Nicole Kidman has a bizarre fear of butterflies she can't overcome.. I just had another nightmare last night while I was dreaming a butterfly came in while I was laying down and started to flutter around me and I couldn’t get away or move I was frozen. Finally people get it! Required fields are marked *. Mottephobia, or the fear of moths alone, is closely related to this phobia. Sounds more like your mum had a sense of humor. Go to a butterfly sanctaury and stand there while they fly all around and probally land on you. About three weeks ago, I had that same nightmare and had a horrible bout of anxiety for two weeks. I understand what all of you are going through. I shout, I run and a scene always gets created because of me. Sometimes I like to search the internet for pictures of that moth Atlas! share. I can’t stand the sight of them, ever since my old English teacher got me to read this story one of her students wrote about how butterflies ate a whole city of people! The horrid moths / insects can´t get in, but you get fresh air. About 8% of Americans have this phobia. Your comment was posted on my b-day which made me reply too. Had it all my life and just can’t get over it. If it was alive, I would be dead at that very second! I’m always surprised at how common it is. Rated T for highly suggestive remarks. Relevance. Many people develop phobias from single or repeated events where they were in an environment that was unfamiliar or startled by an unpredictable or uncontrolled interaction with butterflies or moths or these animals were present during the uncomfortable or unfortunate event. I am not afraid of birds, or other winged insects (but moths, but they are still better then butterflies) but the BODIES are so weird. If I was forced to enter a butterfly house I think I would pass out. Share your thoughts, experiences and the tales behind the art. Butterflies and moths tend to exist in swarms. The hypnotist worked his magic: using a headset, soft music, and verbal cues, he and his patient discussed this fear of butterflies. And it hurts me a lot when people or my sibling teases me. When they were fully grown we had to take them home. UGH. I’ve been going to the Philippines for years now in the hope of seeing (naturally) the moth known as the Atlas or Silk moth but they are more shy of humans than others so opportunities are rare. Americans 'tired of COVID' have experts worried It was big and creepy and so dark black and bright orange with a creepy white polkadot and black body. When I woke up I cried and screamed for a good 15 minutes. Please take courage in your time of need, I understand! They understand it’s effect, they understand that creatures such as moths and butterflies cannot physically harm them but most if not all do not understand WHY they have it. Someone: What? I used to not be scared. I am not afraid of birds though. And the thought of them landing on me and the creepy crawly feel just scares me to death. It started when I was on holiday in France when I was only 8, and suddenly a butterfly flew into the house where we stayed, but nobody bothered to take it back outside, and every time I walked up or down the stairs, above which there was a window where the butterfly sat, I felt extremely paranoid. Steven Gans, MD is board-certified in psychiatry and is an active supervisor, teacher, and mentor at Massachusetts General Hospital. We’ve tried handing out hats so the butterflies and moths can’t get so close to their faces but that could be a bit embarrassing in front of your kids and students. Panophobia – The fear of everything or fear that terrible things will happen. I thought I was the only one with this fear. I got the fear when my mom told me that butterfly’s ate humans and they had human faces too. I am so scared of butterflies but not the wings. I, too, am extremely afraid of butterflies and moths. As a child our house was ramshackle with all sorts of holes and always had insects inside, I was always afraid of the moths landing in my bed, my mom thought this was incredibly funny and used to throw their dead bodies in my bed whilst I was in there and I was always afraid I would choke to death on the powder left off their wings. Me: I just am. Your email address will not be published. Everybody makes fun instead of co-operating. I have trouble going into a house if they’re moths or butterflies around the door or flying around the outside lights. Nowadays, whenever I see a picture of one or one flying around, I freak out! I’m absolutely petrified of them! I don't personally recall this memory, but it's likely that if it happened my brain has blocked the experience from my memory. When I was young my mom once told me that the big butterflies were rats with wings. I don’t wanna be teased and be laughed at anymore. I am a 49 year old father and I am so afraid and feel so silly when everyone laughs at me squealing and running away. Now it’s butterflies. Thank God it didn’t fly around me and especially land on me! Whether it is fear of the unknown or fear of taking risks, it is necessary to break through the fear, follow those butterflies in your gut and step into the unknown. Ok. Entomophobia, the fear of insects, is a specific and common phobia. Sarcasm is my best friend. I can’t stand looking at pictures of them. But most of our phobias are unjustified. All products are produced on-demand and shipped worldwide within 2 - 3 business days. He told a heart breaking story about his niece, that she jumped out from a balcony and died. The moths that are no bigger than a thumbnail are fine. People with the fear of butterflies are extremely afraid of most winged insects. What do you think the average Lepidopterophobia is mariana? This fact wasn’t divulged until fairly recently. While the fear may never go away completely, deliberately interacting with or exposing yourself to butterflies, for example at a zoo where there are butterfly and moth exhibits, or going to a garden, may be a good way to face your fear. Their fear may be related to the evolutionary fear which humans have associated with flying creatures. I used to not hate butterflies but over time I started freaking out when I saw them, today I went on a walk and there were about 20 butterflies. Whether it is fear of the unknown or fear of taking risks, it is necessary to break through the fear, follow those butterflies in your gut and step into the unknown. Butterflies are not only MY BIGGEST FEAR but come on lets be honest, butterflies are creepy too! Wing powders can irritate your eyes I … I was six or younger, may be even older, i don’t remember my age as much my memories. As a young schoolgirl in Australia, she came home from school to find “the biggest butterfly on Earth” waiting to greet her at her front gate. The net fabric can be bought by the meter and attached to your window by various methods, even duct tape, and there are ready nets on frame if you have the proper measurements for your windows. She’s been traumatized since. How Do People Cope With a Fear of Insects? No one understands! One once flew into my nose but I blew it out quickly into my hand and threw it. Other than them not entering the house, i don’t think there is anything you can do. I think butterflies are forms of ghosts which makes them extra frightening. I imagine them flying right into my throat and choking me to death, being covered in slimy moths and powder, even seeing pictures makes me sweat and nearly vomit, 50 years later. I think you probably had the phobia before your mom said those things, you just didn’t know you had it. By: Breeta. 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