Yes, they did hatch. After a little more than two months of very warm weather, I decided to dig down and see if anything was there. If not, there was no point of leaving the pen set up over the spot. As I carefully reached the eggs, I discovered that they had all hatched and appeared to be patiently waiting for me to dig down. There were nine hatchlings and they are dong fine. To increase the odds of survival, I'll release most of them next year. At this stage survival percentages are small for hatchlings as they are perfect food for so many other creatures such as Herons, large fish, and hungry snapping turtles. I believe that I have the book you refer to... If it is the one mainly dealing with the study of a Spotted Turtle population. I have had turtles since I was a kid and earlier this year my last old turtle (a 30 year old Spotted) died and although it sounds funny, I thought I was turtle-less for the first time I could remember. However, I guess I wasn't, if developing eggs in my yard count.
I saw what is robably the last Monarch pass through Midhurst last week. Tonight the temps are supposed to dip down below freezing for the first time. The native milkweeds have all seeded and died back but the tropical milkweed continues to flower. If we get frost tonight, that will be the end of it. It was a good butterfly year here in central Ontario. We raised and released about a hundred Monarchs.
John Beaulieu & Brenda Stride
Midhurst, Ontario CANADA
MONARCH WAYSTATION NO. 553