This interesting satyrid is widely distributed in southern
where it flies in rather dry, bushy places. It is almost entirely
absent from Switzerland (and Italy), though, and I had never seen it
until August 2008, when I visited Tim Cowles in France. There it is
locally quite common and we saw it at several sites. In 2011, when my
camping holiday in the Pyrenees was washed out by rain, I spent a
couple of days in Aragón, where a found a false graylings flying in
rough patches of grassy or thorny land.
Unlike most graylings the false grayling does occasionally rest with
its upperside visible. This is rather dark, with orange markings
recalling the Erebia group
just a little. The underside is notable for the pale band dividing the
wing. This is not 'elbowed' as it is in graylings, making the species
quite easy to identify.