Junonia, alphabet cone, tiger cowrie, conch

Junonia, Alphabet Cone, Tiger Cowrie, Queen Conch internet

This is an 8 x 10 painting. The Queen Conch shell is one I have owned for years!  Conchs were used by the Haitians to summon voodoo spirits.  The Florida Keys were a major source of Queen Conchs until the 1970s, but harvesting them is now prohibited.  The cone snails are not friendly fellows.  They have over 100 toxins in their body and the venom is similar to curare, used by natives to make poisonous arrows.  There have been over 30 recorded cases of death by cone snail. For more information about this painting click here.

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