Pest on fig tree
For the past 2 summers, I've had an odd little pest go after my fig trees. Eggs are layed in a bundle in a web, and they are laid on the back of a leaf, which they fold over. When the eggs hatch, thousands of little gray arachnids come out and seem to suck on the leaf. I would think spider mites, but these things are way bigger than any spider mite I've ever seen, 1/4 inch maybe. They have 8 legs, and look very much like a spider, but I know that spiders do not generally live in colonies like that. They also went after one of my melon plants last year. Any idea what these things might be?