Something you don’t see until the last photo is that this grasshopper is alive through this ordeal and is struggling while this wasp is taking its tail and yes I am laying on the ground capturing it all. The insect world is amazing!
I believe this is a Paper Wasp:
Unlike yellowjackets and hornets, which can be very aggressive, paper wasps will generally only attack if they themselves or their nest are threatened. Since their territoriality can lead to attacks on people, and because their stings are quite painful and can produce a potentially fatal anaphylactic reaction in some individuals, nests in human-inhabited areas may present an unacceptable hazard.
Paper wasps feed on nectar, and other insects, including caterpillars, flies, and beetle larvae, and they are often considered to be beneficial by gardeners.