They are smaller than a pea and seem to have a dark speck inside them. Are they worm eggs, snail eggs or what? I put them in a jar and plan to watch them.
But please tell us what develops!
I'd agree that the best possibility would be slugs, though their eggs are quite a bit smaller than a pea. More like BB or shotgun pellets.
Here is a link that might be useful:
i like to think of slug eggs the size of the big end of a pin ... my slugs anyway ...lol .. they have BIG slugs in the pacific NW ... try google.com for 'slug eggs' ... then hit the IMAGES button at the top ... rhizo's picture makes them look too silver .. they are more like tiny fish eggs.. see through ... slightly cloudy ....
spray with 10% ammonia or vinegar ... they dont need the opposite sex .. so every egg you kill is 100 progeny the following summer ... use the SEARCH function at the hosta forum where we have hit this subject a couple hundred times ...
good luck.. death to slugs.. ken
You're right....that image is too silvery looking. I've only seen them appearing milky/transparent. But bigger than the head of a pin. ;-)
QP, I do hope that you will report back to us when these things hatch!
The "silvery" appearance in the above linked photo is the shine reflected from moist clear eggs.
At least around here, slug eggs are clear whereas snail eggs are opaque.
link to google images
Here is a link that might be useful: slug eggs
I'd say slugs too, hense the reason I remove my mulch in fall and only lay it back down again after a hard frost (Nov.); time enough for them and other critters: earwigs, voles, mice, ect. to take up home elsewhere. In spring I remove it again and then re-lay after the rainy cloudy weather has ceased in mid June. Here in Eastern WA slugs seem to more of an issue in spring and fall when we get our rains.
That's a tad extreme way to deal with slugs. It's worth knowing that they overwinter in places other than mulch. One common site are the cracks and crevices in the soil. So, basically, you're putting too much effort into it.