The subspecies C.o.oedippus can be found in western France and northern Italy, central Europe. It lives in wetlands and meadows in forest clearings. Another subspecies hungarica can be found in Austria, Hungary, Russia, China and Japan. Both of the subspecies favor lush vegetation.
The false ringlet butterfly is darker than most of the species of satyrine butterflies and is more similar to the ringlets. The large ocellus on the costa is closer to the base of the wings than most of the other species. The female's wing span is larger than the male's. The male's forewing measures from .7 - .8 inch (17-21mm).
The larvae eat monocotyledonous plants.
The butterfly is single brooded, and adults fly from June to August.
The false ringlet butterfly have become extinct in some parts of western Europe. In places where the butterfly still exists, it is protected and is considered endangered. One of the major factors of its decline is the growth of agriculture. The habitats of the false ringlet butterfly needs to be preserved and managed properly, so that the decline of the butterfly may be stopped.