In A Bug’s Life (1999), the queen is seen to have a pet named “Aphie.” In real life, this little bug is an aphid (also known as aphids) and they live in harmony with the ants, but not as pets, but as “livestock”.

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In A Bug’s Life (1999), the queen is seen to have a pet named “Aphie.” In real life, this little bug is an aphid (also known as aphids) and they live in harmony with the ants, but not as pets, but as “livestock”.



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22 Comments
  1. letmeusespaces says

    > an aphid (also known as aphids)

    is it just me or is that the exact same word?

  2. John-Coffey- says

    Aphids consume plant sap (which contains high amounts of sugars) and once metabolized, they excrete honeydew. The ants love this honeydew and “milk” the aphids in order to get it.

    In return, by “milking” them, the ants help clean the aphids’ bodies and, more importantly, protect the aphids from other predators and even build “stables” for them.

  3. turdler89 says

    Yes, and the movie was about ants (also known as ant)

  4. Jokker_is_the_name says

    I’m a human (also known as humans).

  5. Abyss_of_Dreams says

    In Antz, the ants are sreved aphids at the bar.

  6. JunglePygmy says

    Aren’t *most words* usually known as their plural versions also?

  7. gotham77 says

    And that’s why aphids are sometimes called “ant cows.”

  8. moviesetmonkey says

    Which the lady bug would have eaten.

  9. soullessginger93 says

    So basically, she’s equivalent to someone who owns a micro pig.

  10. MayTheFool says

    An aphid, also know as the plural version of its name. Wow who would have thought?

  11. Jimmy-Evs says

    Ah yes, the aphid also known as aphids.

  12. Stay_Beautiful_ says

    What’s the point of the plural in parentheses?

    “The queen is an ant (also known as ants)”

  13. Xaveb says

    Also they’re evil little shits that terrorize my pepper plants.

  14. shoopler1 says

    What does “also known as aphids” mean? Are you just pluralizing the word? So confused by that.

  15. BrobdingnagLilliput says

    OP’s headline seems to suggest that aphids are livestock, and it’s thus not realistic that a talking, four-legged ant queen with a floral crown would keep an aphid as a pet.

  16. Drewby99 says

    r/titlegore

  17. Concept-Known says

    An aphid also know as aphids….

    /r/titlegore

  18. ksettle86 says

    People didn’t know that? Oo, my b

  19. thedreadcandiru says

    Unearthing the deep truths here.

  20. Iwassleepingawake says

    Woaah that is awesome catch…but damn them aphids!

  21. ChaseRebecca says

    [It’s actually a quite beautiful process](https://youtu.be/gofvGBwVcjE)

  22. shoelaceys says

    As an indoor plant owner, aphids are unwelcome on my plants. But that’s a cute sentiment for outdoors hehe

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