As far as I can tell, these Red-legged Grasshoppers (Melanoplus femurrubruml are our most ubiquitous orthopteran in my locale. I rarely see another but I am not beating the bushes looking for them either. How the red-legged grasshopper got his name is fairly obvious, I think.
I’ve been going out into the yard lately just hand-holding my old 40D with the 100 macro and a flash to balance the strong light of the afternoon…something different for me. I am very unsteady with my hands, but the 1/200th second exposure with the flash is helpful in that regard. This image is a fairly tight crop but holds up well enough for the web.
Eight or so years ago, I tried a portrait of another red-legged that was sitting on top of a spent bee balm head. The 10D had this 100 mounted with two extension tubes on the back and two closeup filters mounted on the front. I was amazed that it worked.