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19th Jul '17 7:39:43 PM DrY9K
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* Averted in ''ClanApis'' which portrays a bee hive realistically (apart from all the [[AnimalTalk talking]]). The only male bee depicted is perfectly okay with his [[OutWithABang sole purpose in life]]. The other insects have accurate gender roles as well: The Dung Beetle is male, the Praying Mantis is female etc.

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* Averted in ''ClanApis'' ''ComicBook/ClanApis'' which portrays a bee hive realistically (apart from all the [[AnimalTalk talking]]). The only male bee depicted is perfectly okay with his [[OutWithABang sole purpose in life]]. The other insects have accurate gender roles as well: The Dung Beetle is male, the Praying Mantis is female etc.
6th Jul '17 10:17:06 AM Julia1984
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'' portrays [[GenderIsNoObject males and females among both soldiers and workers]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'' portrays [[GenderIsNoObject males and females among both soldiers and workers]]. The ero, naturally, is male.



** There is also a mosquito in the bug bar that orders a Bloody Mary O+, which is obviously supposed to be blood, even though the 'squito has a male voice actor and males only drink plant juices. Then again, humans hardly drink alcohol for sustenance, and the blood makes the 'squito [[IntoxicationEnsues pass out]].

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** There is also a mosquito %% The blood-drinking creature in the bug bar that orders a Bloody Mary O+, which is obviously supposed to be blood, even though the 'squito has a male voice actor and males only drink plant juices. Then again, humans hardly drink alcohol for sustenance, and the blood makes the 'squito [[IntoxicationEnsues pass out]].tick, not a mosquito.
6th Jul '17 10:14:20 AM Julia1984
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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 [[ObligatoryPun 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]].

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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 [[ObligatoryPun [[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]].
6th Jul '17 10:14:03 AM Julia1984
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Fiction also tends to show an 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.

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 accurately depiction of a society of sentient insects would be extremely creepy, with none of the characters being remotely sympathetic. More realistic portrayals of insect societies, on the other hand, sometimes appear in works mining it for social or political commentary, or in science fiction intentionally using its unfamiliar nature to make a insectoid aliens feel more strange.

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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.

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 accurately 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 [[ObligatoryPun 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]].

On its way to becoming a CyclicalTrope.
More realistic portrayals of insect societies, on the other hand, societies sometimes appear in works mining it for social or political commentary, or in science fiction intentionally using its unfamiliar nature to make a insectoid aliens feel more strange.
26th Jun '17 5:02:58 PM WillKeaton
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Fiction also tends to show an 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 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]]. 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.
3rd Mar '17 7:31:16 PM geekgecko
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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.
23rd Feb '17 9:48:36 AM DaibhidC
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* ''The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper Feast'' accurately portrays Lizzie Bee as a female worker (although it maintains human gender stereotypes by dressing her as a milkmaid, complete with panniers, presumably of nectar). On the other hand, Harold the Herald is a male gadfly who drinks blood.

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* ''The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper Feast'' accurately portrays Lizzie Bee as a female worker (although it maintains human gender stereotypes by dressing her as a milkmaid, complete with panniers, presumably of nectar). On the other hand, Harold the Herald is a male gadfly who drinks blood.likes "a morning cup of blood". (The "Nature Notes" at the back of the book correct this.)
23rd Feb '17 9:46:01 AM DaibhidC
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* ''The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper Feast'', which accurately portrays Lizzie Bee as a female worker (although it maintains human gender stereotypes by dressing her as a milkmaid, complete with panniers, presumably of nectar). On the other hand, Harold the Herald is a male gadfly who drinks blood.

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* ''The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper Feast'', which Feast'' accurately portrays Lizzie Bee as a female worker (although it maintains human gender stereotypes by dressing her as a milkmaid, complete with panniers, presumably of nectar). On the other hand, Harold the Herald is a male gadfly who drinks blood.
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