Alright all you garden bloggers out there, I need your help. And help spread the word to other bloggers if you think they could help.
Something is attacking my melon and cucumber vines and I need your help to ID so I can decide how to treat. I noticed it first on the melon vine, the leaves getting some yellow spots, then shriveling up. I thought at first it was aphids of another bug since I saw things on the back of the leaves, but now I am thinking that the aphids are perhaps a secondary attack from the vine getting a fungus. Maybe a mosaic virus? Researched online at Texas A&M and couldn't find any pictures to compare. I generally suck at insect or disease identification. All the lectures in my master gardening class didn't soak in (I should probably repeat that part of the course every year!)
OK, here are some pics.
Closeup of front of leaf starting to get yellow areas
Looking up at leaves from below, notice these are already browning.
Cucumber vines starting to yellow
Back of melon leaf- kind of crusty and yellow, and you can see some small yellow bugs at the bottom. I thought this is probably the "honeydew" from the aphids.
More crusty yellow developing
Let me know if you have any ideas on what this could be. I just hate it because the melon and cucumber crops are looking so good until this came along. I tried to buy ladybugs yesterday at Red Barn. No luck, they said something came through and destroyed all of their ladybugs about a week back. Ugh!