These guys were all over the place on a muddy walk through a hillside slope/drainage pathway.
Second picture with flash, head a little more in focus.
@alaws any ideas?
Chaparral Monkey Grasshopper (Morsea californica) - Nymph
Burton Mesa Ecological Reserve, Santa Barbara County, California
Eumastacidae are a family of grasshoppers sometimes known as monkey- or matchstick grasshoppers. They usually have thin legs that are held folded at right angles to the body, sometimes close to the horizontal plane. Many species are wingless and the head is at an angle with the top of the head often jutting above the line of the thorax and abdomen. They have three segmented tarsi and have a short antenna with a knobby organ at...