Junonia found on Captiva
Tara Cook-Littman, of Fairfield, Connecticut, found a junonia on Dec. 26 at about 7 a.m. near Osprey Way Drive on Captiva. Her shelling companions, 10-year-old niece Raia and 11-year-old nephew Lucas, were with her when she found it. Cook-Littman reported that during the family’s vacation, she was averaging three to five hours each day looking for a junonia. A self-proclaimed “obsessed shell seeker,” she has found all sorts of shells over the years, like lightning whelks, conchs, banded tulips, alphabet cones and more. But the one shell that evaded her was the rare junonia. Cook-Littman added that her poor family had to listen to her talk about finding one all week. On the last day of their trip, she set the alarm for 6 a.m. and Raia and Lucas waited patiently with her until there was enough light to see their feet. With a pink sky lighting the way, they hurried to the beach and turned toward the right for no other reason than Raia said, “Let’s go to the right.” Lucas headed to the water line, but Raia and Cook-Littman stayed up at the rack line, picking up a horse conch and banded tulip. Within five minutes of walking and slowing scanning the sand, there by Cook-Littman’s foot was a perfect junonia staring up at her. She reported that she picked up the shell and screamed, “I found my junonia!” They ran back to the house and woke everyone up. Cook-Littman added that she now has a permanent smile.