The purpose of this lesson is to introduce the Painted Lady butterfly, and briefly introduce the life cycle of the butterfly. Over the next few weeks the class will observe the life cycle of a Painted Lady Butterfly. Students will watch their own caterpillar grow, shed its skin, transform into a chrysalis, and emerge as a black and orange butterfly. This lesson will prepare students for the arrival of the butterfly. The lesson will also help assess what information students already know. Finally, the purpose of this lesson is to create proper background knowledge for the unit, and spark interest for optimal student participation in the future.