Do you have Lepidopterophobia?

June 16, 2010 at 8:23 pm Leave a comment

Does the picture below terrify you? If so, you have Lepidopterophobia:

After a recent encounter with a visitor, it was been brought to my attention that people can have the extreme fear of butterflies and/or moths. The technical term is Lepidopterophobia. The word Lepidopterophobia derives from the word Lepidopterans, which is any of the large order (Lepidoptera) of insects comprising of butterflies, moths, and skippers. As adults these insects have four broad or lanceolate wings usually covered with overlapping and often brightly colored scales.

Now I know I am not a doctor but after conducting some research I found a few tips that may help you overcome this fear:

  • Slowly introduce yourself to the butterflies. Slowing inching closer to the object that you are afraid of will make the transition easier. Some people find that they can do this on their own, perhaps with the help of self-help books, support groups, friends and family.
  • Draw a picture of butterfly. Expose yourself to slowly to butterflies by looking at drawings, pictures or videos.
  • Talk through it. Talk with friends and family about your fear. Discuss where it comes from. It is important for your family to be supportive and truly understand Lepidopterophobia.
  • Understand that overcoming this fear won’t happen instantly. It may take months or even years for someone to overcome Lepidopterophobia.


Hopefully these tips are helpful but do understand that you can overcome Lepidopterophobia.

Read more: How to Treat Child Phobias |

Posted by Megan Sullivan

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