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21st May '18 2:58:08 PM arbesan
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* The [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite fifth generation]] of ''{{Franchise/Pokemon}}'' introduced durant, an ant bassed pokemon. They lack queens and they all seem to be workers that can be either male or female.

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* The [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite fifth generation]] of ''{{Franchise/Pokemon}}'' introduced durant, an ant bassed based pokemon. They lack queens and they all seem to be workers that can be either male or female.
21st May '18 2:57:16 PM arbesan
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* The [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite fifth generation]] of ''{{Franchise/Pokemon}}'' introduced durant, an ant bassed pokemon. They lack queens and they all seem to be workers that can be either male or female.



* In ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', the Ultra Beast Buzzwole, based off a mosquito, resembles a male bodybuilder with muscles formed from blood sacs. Similarly, its counterpart Pheremosa, based off a cockroach, resembles a female supermodel, with a slender body and a hair-like carapace that extends beyond its abdomen. However, only female mosquitoes suck blood, and only male cockroaches are thinner than the females, with a carapace that extends beyond their abdomen. Though both of them are genderless, this feature is likely more of an excuse to make them non-breedable than anything else. However, seeing as how both ''are'' [[EldritchAbomination Ultra Beasts]], this may very well have been [[IntendedAudienceReaction invoked]] in order to make them more bizarre and off-putting.

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** Combee is based on worker honey bees. Not only they can be either male or female, but also males are more frequent, having a ratio of seven males for every female. However, only those rare female combees can evolve into vespiqueen.
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In ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', the Ultra Beast Buzzwole, based off a mosquito, resembles a male bodybuilder with muscles formed from blood sacs. Similarly, its counterpart Pheremosa, based off a cockroach, resembles a female supermodel, with a slender body and a hair-like carapace that extends beyond its abdomen. However, only female mosquitoes suck blood, and only male cockroaches are thinner than the females, with a carapace that extends beyond their abdomen. Though both of them are genderless, this feature is likely more of an excuse to make them non-breedable than anything else. However, seeing as how both ''are'' [[EldritchAbomination Ultra Beasts]], this may very well have been [[IntendedAudienceReaction invoked]] in order to make them more bizarre and off-putting.
26th Mar '18 4:14:14 PM ElSquibbonator
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** Similarly, while male mosquitoes don't bite, male stable flies (a bloodsucking relative of the house fly) do.
26th Mar '18 4:10:32 PM ElSquibbonator
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Fiction also tends to show an even or near even split between males to females, when there are barely a few hundred males for thousands of females in most insect societies due to the nature of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haplodiploid_sex-determination_system how sexes are decided.]] And don't expect the "exist solely to have sex and die" thing to get anything more than a passing DoubleEntendre. It probably doesn't help that, in common slang, a "drone" is someone or something who works mindlessly, so a lot of people think that "worker bees" (the sterile females who [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin work]]) and "drones" (the males who do a different kind of work) are just different names for the same thing.

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Fiction also tends to show an even or near even split between males to females, when there are barely a few hundred males for thousands of females in most insect societies due to the nature of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haplodiploid_sex-determination_system how sexes are decided.]] And don't expect the "exist solely to have sex and die" thing to get anything more than a passing DoubleEntendre. It probably doesn't help that, in common slang, a "drone" is someone or something who works mindlessly, so a lot of people think that "worker bees" (the sterile females who [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin work]]) and "drones" (the males who do a different kind of work) are just different names for the same thing.
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* While bees, ants, and social wasps in real life obviously avert this trope, [[TermiteTrouble termites]] actually play it straight. Termites aren't related to bees, ants, and wasps, so they evolved eusociality completely separately. For example, reproductive male termites don't die after sex--they spend the rest of their lives in the nest with the queen, and are called "kings". The workers can also be either male or female.

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* While bees, ants, and social wasps in real life obviously avert this trope, [[TermiteTrouble termites]] actually play it straight. Termites aren't related to bees, ants, and wasps, wasps (they're actually closer to cockroaches), so they evolved eusociality completely separately. For example, reproductive male termites don't die after sex--they spend the rest of their lives in the nest with the queen, and are called "kings". The workers can also be either male or female. Surprisingly (or maybe not), few fiction writers have taken advantage of this.
4th Jan '18 12:03:09 PM Carliro
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee_(mythology) Bee deities]] in greek, baganda, hittite and hindu mythology are all female, suggesting that people in these areas knew what the gender of drones and queens was long before european scientists.
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18th Dec '17 1:01:13 PM Clanger00
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Another reason for this trope is that all insect movies necessarily anthropomorphise their subjects, including by imposing human gender roles on them; often this extends to related tropes like NonMammalMammaries. Any fully accurate depiction of a society of sentient insects would be extremely creepy, with none of the characters being remotely sympathetic. Unlike giving insects human speech, faces, family structures, etc., however, this trope can [[ObligatoryJoke bug people]] because it doesn't seem as necessary -- there's no reason the protagonist and main supporting cast of a story ''have'' to be male, so casting a creature that would biologically be female as a male is seen as a less [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality Acceptable Break From Reality]].
18th Dec '17 12:53:56 PM Clanger00
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A subtrope of ArtisticLicenseBiology. Can be combination of SomewhereAnEntomologistIsCrying and MostWritersAreHuman. Subtrope of AnimalGenderBender. Can be an example of the TheSmurfettePrinciple.

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A subtrope of ArtisticLicenseBiology. Can be combination of SomewhereAnEntomologistIsCrying and MostWritersAreHuman.MostWritersAreMale. Subtrope of AnimalGenderBender. Can be an example of the TheSmurfettePrinciple.
27th Nov '17 9:05:59 AM AgProv
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* In Music/AliceCooper's ''The Black Widow'', which extols all the terrible evil majestic qualities of the spider [[note]]and yes, strictly speaking, an arachnid and not an insect, but in keeping with the spirit of this trope[[/note]], the deadly, pitiless and evil monarch who devours its mate immediately after sex - is described as "he" and "unholiest of kings".
-->The evil of his sting
-->The horror that he brings,
-->Unholiest of kings -
-->The BlackWidow!
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12th Nov '17 6:54:04 PM Pichu-kun
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* Charmy (a rarely-seen character from some VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog games) is a male bee with a stinger. He's also a 'child' despite not being a larva.

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* Charmy (a rarely-seen character from some VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' games) is a male bee with a stinger. He's also a 'child' despite not being a larva.
24th Sep '17 7:06:36 AM Theriocephalus
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* Averted, interestingly, in Literature/TheBible, in Proverbs 6:6. Considering when that particular book was written and translated, it's probably a manifestation of noun gender (both the Old English and Hebrew words for ant are feminine, not neuter and thus anything other than "her" would be a grammatical error).

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* Averted, interestingly, in Literature/TheBible, in Proverbs 6:6. Considering when that particular book was written and translated, it's probably a manifestation of noun gender (both the (the Old English English, Latin and Hebrew words for ant are all feminine, not neuter and thus anything other than "her" would be a grammatical error).
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