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Junonia found on Sanibel

By Staff | Feb 1, 2019
PHOTO PROVIDED
PHOTO PROVIDED

Paul Lamb, of Bradenton, and his wife drove to the islands on Jan. 20 early in the morning to do a little shelling. Pulling into the parking lot at the Sanibel Lighthouse Beach at about 7 a.m., they were surprised by how many people were already there and leaving with their loot. Lamb reported that they started toward the lighthouse and a seagull wading in the water caught his attention. It was then he noticed a little to the right about three-quarters of an inch of a spire of a shell sticking straight up out of the sand. Lamb went over and pulled it out of the sand in about two feet of water – it was a whole junonia, the first one he has every found. Lamb noted that they had been on the beach for no more than 10 minutes. Later on, he found his first wentletrap, as well.