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Buggy Metaphors

by Mugino

In dream imagery, insects — unclean, repugnant, even frightening — often denote unresolved anxieties and repressions. Moths, butterflies, and other winged creatures naturally represent transformation, regeneration and emotional flight. Here are some films that are infused with such symbolism, borrowing from the world of entomology to expand on their central themes. These bugs are more than just superhero gimmicks, anthropomorphized characters, or monsters of the week.