Superbowl Sunday. Who cares about the game? It must be the commercials. Of course, the best commercials contain (what else?) insects.
The iconic Volkswagon Beetle is named for its “beetle” shape. The commercial for the 2011 Superbowl features CGI insects. Included are dragonflies, plodding Carabids (ground beetles), and the main character, what appears to be an eleodes beetle with racing stripes.
We see the beetle skid to a stop to avoid a collision with a large centipede. It takes air, like a skier over a mogul. It races past dueling praying mantises. (What’s up with that?) It races the wrong way through an army of ants, then leaps off a log over a caterpillar feeding on a plant. Finally it skids to a jump stop before morphing into an automobile beetle.
The video is on Youtube through the link below. Comments on insects or identifiable species in the video are welcome.