The caterpillar feeds on more broadleaved grasses that grow in crevices or at the base of stone walls and embankments.
Kirinia roxelana inhabits warm and dry, rocky or stony areas with woods, olive groves with stone walls, edges of forests and similar locations.
The adults fly in a single generation from May (rarely already in late April) to July (sometimes August). The caterpillar overwinters. I observed fully-grown caterpillars, prepupae and pupae (spun in the vegetation) in Samos in the first week of May (2009).
Kirinia roxelana is endangered little (common causes: agricultural intensification, overbuilding).
The distribution ranges from southern Croatia and Bulgaria across the southern Balkan Peninsula, many Aegean islands, Turkey and Israel to northern Iran.