The cast-off exoskeleton of a field grasshopper nymph. Insects and other invertibrates grow by a process called ecdysis: they loosen their old skin (aka cuticle), pump themselves up until it pops open (in this case, along a seam that runs from the "nose" down the back), then work themselves out. Once free, they have a couple of hours to grow before the new skin hardens.
I'm a bit surprised these seem so rare, considering the number of little critturs in my garden. On the other hand, once they drop to the ground, they're almost impossible to spot. This one just happened to catch the light where I was looking.
There's a good chance we'll come back to this in the future...
Thanks for stopping to take a look.