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How will they support a large population with, essentially, a hunter-gatherer lifestyle? I suppose being able to fly will let them harvest over a much larger area than human hunter-gatherers, but effective population will still be very small, unless they live in a place like the pre-colonial Great Plains that had a ridiculous number of large herbivores.

But what if they were more like Mongols? From their cliffside homes, they could range far and wide to cultivated stands of sap-bearing trees, and manage great herds of livestock to feed off of. Habitat and population density would be essentially the same as steppe nomads, although they could also thrive in tropical grasslands where horses can't really live. Considering the largely parasitic relationship that steppe nomads have always had with settled peoples, having a race of literal parasites fill the same niches would be quite fitting - especially if, in actual terms, the literal parasites are less parasitic than human nomads. One could imagine fantasy China allying with the mosquito people to keep human steppe nomads in line.

I like that a lot.  I think because of their ability to fly and general ideology on life they would be quicker to unify between hives. I also think a massive barrier between themselves and how their portrayed to the other races will be language. With no vocal cords or even the ability to make noise out of their proboscis or breathing siphon their language is based entirely of of pheromones and vibrations. This combined with their uncanny nature will severely limit any attempts at diplomacy. Another interesting thing in irl mosquito larvae is that they are the same size or bigger than the adults, as well as much heavier.  These mosquito people larvae, although much less intelligent (maybe not even sentient yet), could be an interesting extension to the mosquitoes militaristic capabilities.  Maybe even though the average Mosquito-Folk's combat ability is poor, their young could be proficient in combat underwater. This could be interesting to see how the mosquitoes would react when they have the upper hand in water based combat considering they were kind of forced into their liberal ideology due to their stature especially if there are are going to be any water based races. This could also be an interesting tree of technology finding ways to maximize the time spent in  larval form while also being well fed and prepared. (sorry I took so long to reply). Below is an image of a real mosquito larvae.Image result for mosquito larvae