OK. Some more ugly pictures of my pole beans. I was asked some questions about what’s really going on, so here are some close-up photos.
I guess I see thrips and spider mites. Some mite webs. Also mottled, puckered leaves and fruit. I noticed black aphids earlier but they’re gone now. The problem is ONLY affecting my 3 types of pole beans, one of which is way on the other side of my house. No problem with my 3 types of bush beans planted nearby (odd).
So my guess is the real problem is a mosaic virus and the bugs here are just feasting on the weakened plants. I’ve sprayed in previous years for mites on eggplants and have found that this made the mites worse (it reduces the bugs that feed on the mites). I think the real problem is not usually the mites.
So, I’d love any suggestions here. My plan – no spray. Just remove the pole beans and avoid planting any more this year. I’ll plant bush beans instead.