I'm not sure what the email meant by the 'main comment section' so I'll just start a thread here and hope not to many people rage over it
I'm suggesting the Termite. I realize its not technically of the ant genus but a very close relative that might add some interesting new possibilities to the game. I'm thinking it might gain benefits from wood-themed areas and such.
Great initiative starting the thread here! We had though the comments on the KickStarter page, but it's great for us to get more posts here and gain some BGG Hotness on their front page. We will make sure we collect ideas from both sites before releasing the first round of candidates so post either place.
Here are some of the ants i would love to see:
Southern Wood Ant (Formica ruff)- Acid spraying ant who builds giant nests with multiple dreams.
Yellow Meadow Ant, dairying ants (Lasius flavus)- Underground aphid herders who milk honeydew.
Bullet Ants (Paraponera cravat)- Hunting ant with the insect kingdom's most powerful sting.
Sahara Desert Ant (Cataglyphis bicolor)- They forage for the corpses of lesser insects who succumbed to the heat of the Desert. They navigate by the angle of the Sun, a skill previously seen only in honey bees.
Yeah weaver ants are really cool and reveal how ants use self-sacrafice to benefit the whole nest. The weaver larvae produce a silk-like thread that instead of being used to make a cocoon for their transformation into adults, is used by the workers to stitch leaves together and make giant nests in the trees (zero dirt). The feat requires two huge cooperative pieces, the hundreds of ants that work together to grab leaves and pull them together, and the silk-spitting larvae who are wielded by adults almost as welding tools.
Weaver ants are so bad @$$ that a lot of ants mimic them in nature to be left alone.