Red Legged Grasshopper /W picture
First I just wanted to say that I love you web page, I spend so much time getting lost in the pictures. I have been chasing these red legged grasshoppers all over my garden for a almost a week trying to get a shot of them. i Finally caught one today, took a few shots, and let the fellow go. It was about an inch and a half long, and the diagonal stripe on its side is actually light yellow (it looks white in the pictures) I think it might be a type of Melanoplus. I live in Boston MA, and I hope you enjoy the pictures.
We believe you are correct with your Melanoplus identification. We do not feel confident enough to take this to the species level. BugGuide has a nice match.