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"And that's how my twelfth husband died, so now I'm a black widow widow."
—Rosie to an ant

Rosie is a character in A Bug's Life.

A Bug's Life

Rosie is a black widow spider with a motherlike nature. She is mostly a motherly figure to the rhinoceros beetle, Dim, with whom she shares an act, and also the younger ants of the colony.

Rosie works at P.T. Flea's circus as a "lion tamer" with her partner being the rhinoceros beetle Dim. During their opening act, Rosie cracks a whip at Dim, which was actually a shoelace, as he roars ferociously. However, Rosie unintentionally lashes one of Dim's feet, making him cry in pain. Rosie consoles Dim and later attempts to put a band-aid over his "owie." Later on, Rosie and her circus troupe friends are fired after they accidentally burn P.T..

At the Bug Bar, they get into a fight with some flies, and Flik thought they were warriors and they thought that Flik was a manager searching for entertainment. She, along with her friends, then fly to Ant Island.

She is the one that tells Flik that they are circus artists and not warriors. After that, they attempt to leave the island, but are stopped by the attack of a bird. Rosie participates in the rescue of Dot and Francis by making a web to transport Flik, Dot, Francis, Tuck and Roll to safety. It is interesting to note that Rosie is very strong, as she carried the spider web with Flik, Dot, Francis, Tuck and Roll inside, and when it was cut accidentally, Rosie held them long enough to land on a tree.

After the rescue, the Circus Bugs agree to stay and support Flik's idea of making an artifical bird to scare Hopper and the grasshoppers away. Rosie participates in the making of the bird and then, at a party, she talks with an ant about her twelve deceased husbands, making her (as she says) a "black widow widow." At the climax of the film, she participates in the final battle against the grasshoppers. She and her friends then leave the island with the promise of returning next spring.


Rosie has a motherlike nature. She is mostly like a mother to the rhinoceros beetle, Dim, with whom she shares an act, and also the younger ants of the colony. She has apparently had twelve husbands who all died, making her (as she says) a "black widow widow." She sees her circus friends as her only true family.


  • She is the first Pixar character to be voiced by Bonnie Hunt.
  • During the outtakes, Rosie tries to say her line of telling Flik that they are not fighting grasshoppers, but is interrupted by someone hammering offscreen, so she tells them to stop.
    • During the same blooper reel where Tuck and Roll were supposed to be imitating the phrase: "You're fired!" and Rosie consequently yelling at them to shut up in irritation, Tuck and Roll enter a belching contest, with one of them proceeding to fart instead of burping, with Rosie saying, "I'm outta here," in a disgusted tone.