I live in a highrise and have a very spacious L-shaped balcony on the third floor. Lately, I have been thinking of keeping the ants outside on this balcony until, say, October. Inside my apartment it is usually around room temperature during the day or a little warmer as the AC is kept off until 7pm when it is turned on. During the day it can get a little warm in the house as you can imagine, maybe 76 degrees and higher. Outside however, the high has been a constant low 90s here in Northern Virginia for the past week and I imagine it will stay that way. I have been thinking of making this move to expose the ants to more heat and perhaps faster brood development. Currently, the species that I have right now are Camponotus pennsylvanicus and Camponotus castaneus. They are still young colonies that still fit comfortably in their test tubes, and are enclosed in a foraging arena with a screen top. What I was thinking of doing was putting the foraging arenas under the shade of the upstairs neighbor's balcony and elevated OFF the concrete. The colonies' test tubes will be covered with red paper to shield the colonies inside from the bright outdoors, and the opening of the test tube will be capped with modeling clay with a hole in it big enough for the workers and possible food to fit through. Keep in mind that the test tubes are confined in the foraging arena that is sealed off at the top with a snug screen top, so I reckon this will make it a little difficult for the ants to escape. I really wanted to know what you guys think, whether or not its a smart idea or a totally ridiculous one.