Covered With Flagging

Covered with flagging crossword clue in Daily Telegraph on 6 Oct 2017, 5 letters. Also appear in Herald Sun and The Courier-Mail newspaper.

Answer: PAVED

Covered with flagging crossword clue in example

After finding one another and mating, females use their egg-laying structure, called an ovipositor, to drill grooves into the tips of tree branches and lay eggs. This is where they can sometimes damage trees. This egg-laying method can kill branch tips, a symptom referred to as “flagging” since the dangling brown tips look like hanging flags. Large trees may be covered with flagging, but usually recover without long-term effects. While not common, small or weak trees could die from such damage. Covering susceptible small trees with netting to prevent egg-laying should protect them if needed.

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