The birds were eating the figs, so a bird net was acquired and thrown over the tree. Problem solved, right?
Of course not. It took about 2 weeks for the GGM june bugs to move in. Check out the giant, green metallic pests and the damage they are wreaking. So the smart guy who often hangs out in my backyard postulated that the net may be keeping the birds from eating the bugs - leaving them to decimate my figs. So I've estimated the GGM june bug orgies destroy about 3 figs a day.
To test the ecological hypothesis, the bird net has been removed. We'll see how much damage the GGM bugs do over the next few days - will they be eaten by the birds and crows? Will the birds ignore the bugs and feast on the figs that haven't yet been shredded? Breaking story coming tomorrow. Or relatively soon at least.