Along the general spectrum of shelling, the Junonia or Juno’s volute, sits somewhere between a four-leaf clover and the pot of gold at the end of the proverbial rainbow.
And while the Junonia remains rare to find intact while shelling on the beach, the highest odds arrive with strong or tropical storms.
Got that box checked so no surprise that two readers shared their rare finds, an intact Junonia, in the past week.
Taylor found one along Cape San Blas on Oct. 9 and John Williams did the same along the same stretch of beach about 10 days later.
Scaphelia junonia is a species of large sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk of the family of volutes.
They live in deep water in the Western Atlantic and because of the depths at which they live, the shells only wash up onto beaches are strong storms, or hurricanes.
The species is named for the ancient Roman goddess Juno.