Ant with bag meme depicting an image of a Sad Ant With a Bindle.

Sad Ant With Bindle / Homeless Ant / How It Feels To Ant

Part of a series on Exploitables. [View Related Entries]

Updated Oct 03, 2023 at 09:31PM EDT by Don.

Added Mar 28, 2023 at 12:06PM EDT by sakshi.

PROTIP: Press 'i' to view the image gallery, 'v' to view the video gallery, or 'r' to view a random entry.

Related Explainer: What Is The Sad Ant With Bindle Meme? The Meme Featuring A Homeless Ant With A Bag Explained


Sad Ant With Bindle, also known as Sad Ant With Bag, Homeless Ant or How It Feels To Ant, is an exploitable meme and reaction image that shows a sad-looking ant holding a stick with a bag tied to the end of it (sometimes called a bindle or knapsack), and is used to represent the idea of "sending someone packing." The image originates from a drawing for a pest control agency, and was first widely used on Tumblr. In early 2023, the meme trended on Twitter and Instagram, most often paired with a recaptioned text caption following the phrasal template, "How it feels X," with the "X" being substituted for a subjectively demoralizing action such as texting first or leaving the party first, among other examples.


The image of a sad ant holding a bindle stems from a website for a Virginia-based pest control company named Zap Pest Control. The original file was named "sad bug with napsack," and contained additional imagery of the house the bug had to evacuate.[1]

The earliest known use of the image as a meme was likely a now-deleted Twitter post by user @roxylalondeswag where they wrote, "Homophobes reading "homophobes dni" at the end of your seizure inducing danganropa filled carrd." The post was reposted to Tumblr on April 12th, 2021 by user beachnet,[2] gathering over 14,000 notes in nearly two years (seen below).

roxy kilmino @roxylalondeswag : Homophobes reading "homophobes dni" at the end of your seizure inducing danganropa filled carrd #THIS TWEET HAS ME ON THE FLOOR RN HELP MEEEEEEEJDHWJFEJR 14,241 notes Apr 12th, 2021


On June 20th, 2021, Tumblr[3] user @tonysopranobignaturals posted a meme using the sad ant meme, gathering over 13,000 notes in over a year (seen below).

STOP COMMUNIST CHINA Sign our petition to stop the Chinese Communist government's deception and manipulation. We need Congress to act NOW to prevent China's growing influence. 100,000 - 300,000 goals reached 500,002 petitions of 450,000 Goal Xi Jinping after this reaches 500,000 signatures: 13,539 notes Jun 20th, 2021

On November 28th, 2021, Tumblr user zampl made a post that read, "seen a person’s blog that had 'p--n bot' under the do not follow if criteria………king they can’t read💔," adding a photo of a sad looking ant holding a stick with a bag tied to the end. Tumblr user muck-raker added a comment to the thread giving a description of the image, saying, "[ID: a sad ant with a bindle, presumably originally from an ad for pest control]. User zampl subsequently dubbed the event as "sad ant with a bindle Monday."[4] The post gathered over 90,000 notes in over a year (seen below, left). On December 21st, 2021, Tumblr[5] user telltaletypist posted the meme in a thread that gathered over 40,000 notes (seen below, right).

zampl seen a person's blog that had "p--- bot" under the do not follow if criteria.........king they can't read zampl bot generated accounts after seeing your dni list muck-raker [ID: a sad ant with a bindle, presumably originally from an ad for pest control.] yerba-bamm posts where the ID makes the joke funnier zampl #sad ant with a bindle monday :( sad ant with a bindle monday, folks MURDERCORE-POWERFUNERAL TEXT POST THERE SHOULD BE A RIOT AT DISNEYLAND THERE SHOULD BE PEOPLE RIPPING THE BRICKS OUT OF MAIN STREET USA AND THROWING THEM AT COPS I THINK A COP SHOULD DIE AT THE RIOT AT DISNEYLAND I WANT BAD THINGS TO HAPPEN TO THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY D NICOISTRYING It's against park rules to have protests or even political signs but I wish! MURDERCORE-POWERFUNERAL I'm not sure how you got "peaceful protest that abides by Disneyland rules" out of this post TELLTALETYPIST rioters after finding out protesting is against park rules 1 YEAR AGO ON DECEMBER 21, 2021 AT 3:32 AM

"How It Feels" Ant

On March 23rd, 2023, Instagram[6] user @girlfromwebsite uploaded a carousel post that started with a Sad Ant with Bindle meme, pairing the image with, "this is how i feel when i ask my dad for money." The post gained roughly 12,900 likes in two months (shown below, left). A few weeks later, on April 22nd, 2023, Instagram[7] user @girlfromwebsite posted another meme with the same template, instead reading, "how it feels asking someone to hang out first." The post gained roughly 30,100 likes in 17 days (shown below, right).

this is how i feel when i ask my dad for money .......... @girlfromwebsite how it feels asking someone to hang out first

The user @girlfromwebsite's second meme gained multiple, viral reposts on Instagram[8] in late April 2023, ultimately leading to other meme creators recaptioning it, keeping the first part of the caption reading, "how it feels…" For instance, on April 27th, 2023, Instagram[9] user @iamdelusional_ posted a version reading, "how it feels walking to the car when you're getting picked up," gaining roughly 63,400 likes in 12 days (shown below).

how it feels walking to the car when you're getting picked up

Viral iterations of the template spread to Twitter[10] and remained on Instagram[11] going into May 2023.

Happy Ant

In June 2023, an altered version of the Sad Ant image started circulating online that made him look happy, giving him a smile and putting his arms in front of him (shown below, left). The image's first-known upload was tweeted by Twitter[12] user @Henryispathetic on June 16th, 2023, who compared the photo to the similarly altered version of the No Arms No Legs Girl In Hospital, earning roughly 8,700 likes in 15 days (shown below, right).

niñomartillo @Henryispathetic me alegro por ellas 1:32 PM Jun 16, 2023 257.2K Views ● :

Going into June 2023, the Happy Ant image was used by English-speaking meme creators on Twitter. For instance, on June 19th, 2023, Twitter[13] user @10bands100bands tweeted, "He's so f**king back," gaining roughly 23,900 likes in 12 days (shown below, left). Also on June 19th, Twitter[14] user @northstardoll tweeted a Happy Ant meme with text reading, "me when I choose myself," gaining roughly 82,700 likes in 12 days (shown below, right).

E @10bands100bands He's so f------ back 4:14 PM Jun 19, 2023 592.7K Views : me when i choose myself

The image gained further viral usage on Twitter[15] in June 2023, spreading elsewhere such as on Instagram.[16]

Happy Ant to Sad Ant GIF

Soon after the Happy Ant image was created in June 2023, a GIF started to circulate that transitioned from the Happy Ant to the Sad Ant (shown below, left), similar to the then-recent Smiling Buck Tooth Emoji GIF. The first-known internet user to post the GIF was Twitter[17] user @northstardoll on June 20th, 2023, who captioned it, "realizing no one would talk to me if I stopped texting ppl first," gaining roughly 65,900 likes in 11 days (shown below, right).

@northstardoll realizing no one would talk to me if i stopped texting ppl first II GIF 7:24 AM - Jun 20, 2023.2.1M Views ...

Viral usage of the GIF persisted on Twitter[18] going into late June 2023.

Various Examples

*At the club* The dj: if you don't got no money take your broke ass home Me: 11 months ago notes (6277) WILL @willfulchaos. Jun 17 Outlander Magazine @StreetFashion01 Jun 13 Microscopic handbag by MSCHF for Pharrell's Joopiter auction (2023) : @bluepantheress me hitting the woah 12:57 PM. Jun 27, 2023 1.6M Views ●●● how it feels asking a question on reddit how it feels walking to the car when you're getting picked up


Search Interest

External References

[1] Internet Archive – zappestcontrolvirginia

[2] Tumblr – beachnet

[3] Tumblr – tonysopranobignaturals

[4]  Tumblr – the-gayest-sky-kid

[5] Tumblr – telltaletypist

[6] Instagram – @girlfromwebsite

[7] Instagram – @girlfromwebsite

[8] Insatgram – @mylifeisupsetting

[9] Instagram – @iamdelusional_

[10] Twitter – @whotfisjovana

[11] Instagram – @urlocalmilf--ker

[12] Twitter – @Henryispathetic

[13] Twitter – @10bands100bands

[14] Twitter – @northstardoll

[15] Twitter – @mountbellyache

[16] Instagram – @ocd_and_positivity

[17] Twitter – @northstardoll

[18] Twitter – @dondawastaken

Recent Videos

There are no videos currently available.

Recent Images 42 total

+ Add a Comment

Comments (0)

There are no comments currently available.

Display Comments

Add a Comment

Greetings! You must login or signup first!